Is it safe to have sex if I have atrial fibrillation?

James C. Ong, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and want to enjoy a healthy sex life? Cardiologist James Ong, MD from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center explains what you need to know.
Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
You should be able to have sex if you have atrial fibrillation without any negative consequences. Your heart rate may not increase as much because your medication is working to control your heart rate. Some medications for hypertension or other heart problems may cause impotence in men, but this condition may be treated with an impotence drug such as Viagra or Cialis. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have about having sex and the effects of medication for A-fib.

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation -- the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia -- causes an irregular heartbeat that can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) results from faulty signals produced by ...

the heart's electrical system, causing the upper portion of the heart to fibrillate, or contract rapidly and irregularly. AFib doesn't cause noticeable symptoms for everyone. For those who do experience symptoms, heart palpitations are common along with feeling weak, dizzy and tired. Learn more about atrial fibrillation with expert advice from Sharecare.
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