How a heart condition can affect your sex life: the results of our sex survey

More than 2,400 people with heart and circulatory disease took our sex survey. Nearly half said their sex life has been affected by their condition. See the full results of our survey.

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex Survey Question 1" longdesc=“Has your condition affected your sex life? 2122 responded. 43 percent worse, 34 percent no difference, 13 percent not sexually active, 10 percent other.">

: <img src="sexsurvey_mobile.jpg" alt="Sex Survey Question 2" longdesc=“How has your condition affected your sex life? 1141 responded. 52 percent erectile dysfunction, 36 percent have sex less often, 23 percent loss of libido, 22 percent stopped having sex, 21 percent difficulty reaching orgasm>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 3: How did you deal with or overcome any issues you had?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-3”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-3”> Question 3. How did you deal with or overcome any issues you had? 789 responded. 52 percent didn’t do anything, 31 percent had sex less often, 22 percent had sexual activity other than full intercourse, 13 percent used sex aids or porn to improve sex life, 2 percent had sex therapy and or counselling</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 4: Has your condition made you anxious about sex?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-4”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-4”> Question 4. Has your condition made you anxious about sex? 1141 responded. 58 percent said yes, 31 percent said no, 11 percent are not sure.</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 5: What do you most worry about since your diagnosis?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-5”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-5”> Question 5. What do you most worry about since your diagnosis? 789 responded. 41 percent losing interest in sex or losing libido, 33 percent medication side effects on sex drive, 31 percent difficulty reaching orgasm, 28 percent impact on relationship or never having sex again, 26 percent impact of condition on sexual activity such as breathlessness, 23 percent having a heart attack during sex, 18 percent declining their partner.</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 6: Have you discussed your concerns with anyone?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-6”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-6”> Question 6. Have you discussed your concerns with anyone? 789 responded. 63 percent said no, 37 percent said yes.</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 7: Who did you discuss your concerns with?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-7”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-7”> Question 7. Who did you discuss your concerns with? For those who said yes, 292 responded. 77 percent said their partner, 64 percent their GP, 9 percent cardiac rehab nurse, 6 percent friends, 5 percent counsellor, 2 percent said other patients with similar conditions.</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 8: Why didn't you discuss your concerns?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-8”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-8”> Question 8. Why didn't you discuss your concerns? 497 responded. 57 percent felt too embarrassed, 19 percent had difficulty accessing professional help, 13 percent said their partner didn't want to discuss it.</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 9: Could you find the information you needed about sex and your condition?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-9”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-9”> Question 9. Could you find the information you needed about sex and your condition? 1141 responded. 52 percent said no, 27 percent said yes, 21 percent didn't need any information.</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 10: Where have you looked for further information?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-10”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-10”> Question 10. Where have you looked for further information? 72 percent said online, 34 percent said their GP surgery, 11 percent the NHS, 10 percent said hospitals or cardiac rehab, 5 percent said their pharmacist</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 11: Were you able to discuss issues about sex and your condition at cardiac rehabilitation?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-11”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-11”> Question 11. Were you able to discuss issues about sex and your condition at cardiac rehabilitation? 570 responded. 74 percent said no, 26 percent said yes</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 12: What were your views on the information provided in cardiac rehab on sex?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-12”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-12”> Question 12. What were your views on the information provided in cardiac rehab on sex? 158 responded. 47 percent wanted more information on sex and or to discuss with a cardiac nurse. 41 percent received everything they needed.</p>

<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 13: What would you find useful when talking about issues regarding sex and your condition?” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-13”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-13”> Question 13. What would you find useful when talking about issues regarding sex and your condition? 1141 responded. 52 percent want more easily accessible information on sex and heart disease. 35 percent want the opportunity to talk to someone.</p>

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<img src="mobile_sexsurveyinfographic_singlejpeg_72ppi.jpg" alt="Sex and Heart Disease Survey Question 15: Most common conditions” longdesc=“#about-sex-survey-question-13”> <p id=“about-sex-survey-question-13”> Question 15. Most common conditions. 2463 responded. 40 percent have high blood pressure, 31 percent high cholesterol, 23 percent heart attack, 20 percent stent, 19 percent angina, 17 percent diabetes, 16 percent atrial fibrillation.</p>

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