Friday, June 2, 2023

The nurse is giving discharge teaching to a client trseven (7) days post myocardial infarction. He asks the nurse why he must wait six (6) weeks before having sexual intercourse



The nurse is giving discharge teaching to a client trseven (7) days post myocardial infarction.

He asks the nurse why he must wait six (6) weeks before having sexual intercourse.
What is the best response by the nurse to this question?

  • A. “You need to regain your strength before attempting such exertion.”
  • B. “When you can climb 2 flights of stairs without problems, it is generally safe.”
  • C. “Have a glass of wine to relax you, then you can try to have sex.”
  • D. “If you can maintain an active walking program, you will have less risk.”

Answer: B:

“When you can climb 2 flights of stairs without problems, it is generally safe.”
There is a risk of cardiac rupture at the point of the myocardial infarction for about six (6) weeks. Scar tissue should form about that time. Waiting until the client can tolerate climbing stairs is the usual advice given by healthcare providers.