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There are two other aspects of recovery that are especially important to mention here. The first is resuming sexual activity; the second is driving a car.
Sexual Activity
Even though sexual activity is quite safe, most of your will feel apprehensive about resuming it. Your spouse or partner may also be worried about what might happen during sexual intercourse. According to folklore, it is dangerous after heart surgery. In fact, it is not dangerous. It is no more dangerous than other forms of exercise which we now know are not risky and can even be beneficial.
As far as the heart is concerned, sexual activity is| similar to other forms of physical activity in which the heart responds to exertion by pumping more blood. In general, you can resume your usual sexual activities a couple of weeks after leaving hospital when you are able to walk upstairs, walk in the street in comfort and when your confidence returns. However, it is easy to make statements such as this. It is not easy for some patients to accept that they can function normally. Some do have difficulty with sexual activity. They are distracted by other thoughts, anxieties and fears.
Fortunately, your sexual function should recover within some weeks when you and your spouse or partner becomes more confident. Talk together about it.
If it does remain a problem, discuss it with your doctor. Sexual counseling may help.
Driving a Car
You will probably be worried about resuming driving; so will your partner and family. Even your doctor may be apprehensive about your driving. After any sort of major surgery, doctors tend to be fairly restrictive about letting you drive in normal traffic.
You may think it is safe for you to drive as soon as you are reasonably capable of handling the car. However, it may be better for you to delay driving. The incision usually causes discomfort in the front of your chest, which may make it difficult for you to turn the steering wheel unless your car has power steering. Thus, there are physical reasons why you should not drive for the first few weeks after your operation.
Loss of concentration is a more important reason. If you still feel a little anxious, insecure, depressed or restless, it will be difficult to concentrate on driving. As we all know, driving a car is one of the riskier aspects of normal living if you do not concentrate. Thinking of other things reduces your concentration on your driving, and this increases the risk to you, your passengers or to the public.
For this reason, the chances of an accident are somewhat increased during the first few weeks after a major operation. So you should not drive in busy traffic until your confidence is restored. This usually takes several weeks.
Your doctor has a responsibility to you and your family and also to the public at large; he or she is likely to be cautious about letting you resume driving too soon after surgery. It is best to begin by driving locally and to be certain there are no remaining problems before you attempt driving in heavy traffic.

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