Predictors of Sexual Function Post-AMI in Young Adults


What outcomes do you expect from this study? One modifiable risk factor is actually in your hands.

Dr Bobby Lazzara in this Medical News Minute produced for Practical Cardiology highlights a study published online in JAMA Cardiology that sought to learn more about sexual function and activity among young adults who experience an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Specifically they were interested in the impact of the event on intimate behavior in the year after AMI and in identifying indicators that might predict decrements in sexual activity. Data were evaluated from the prospective longitudinal Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients study. Subjects’ median age was 49 (44-52) years (range, 18-55 years).

Women were more likely than men to experience post-AMI sexual problems and were less likely than men to report no sexual function problems in the year after the event. Subjects who had not had communication with a physician about sex during the first month post-AMI were more likely to delay resuming sex. Dr Lazzara details the most prevalent sexual problems identified in this short video.  


Source: Lindau ST, Abramsohn E, Bueno H, et al. Sexual activity and function in the year after an acute myocardial infarction among younger men and women in the United States and Spain.  JAMA Cardiol. 2016;  doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2016.2362. [Epub ahead of print]


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