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Sex after bypass sugrery

What are your guidelines with respect to this topic?  I am 56 years old, 4 weeks after surgery, working out in heart rehap (target pulse rate set for me is 105).
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Dear David,

This is best worked out with your exercise physiologist.  right now your target heart rate is still quite low relative to what we would target for a normal (non-postop) person your age.  

I would go slowly. Sex will likely increase your heart rate well above 105 and does require a fair amount of cardiovascular energy.
We typically advise returning to sex once a patient can exercise 4 to 5 METS.

About 6 -7 minutes on a Bruce protocol treadmill.

I hope this has been useful. I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to write back.

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