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Sex: Good for Your Heart

Summary: How can sex help your heart?
Air Date: 2/25/16
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Jennifer Haythe, MD
Dr. Jennifer HaytheDr. Jennifer Haythe is a practicing Cardiologist as well as the Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, Co-Director for the Women’s Center for Cardiovascular Health, Director of the Adult Pulmonary Hypertension Center and Director of Cardiac Obstetric Service.

Born in New York City, and raised in both Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Haythe used her competitiveness and determination as a horseback rider at Greenwich Academy to excel at academics as well. Never one to sit still for long, Dr. Haythe knew early on that a regular desk job would not work for her. Drawing on an early love of science and desire to help others made pursuing a career in the medical field a natural fit.

Dr. Haythe went earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and went on to complete her medical training and residency at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003. Initially planning a career in Pulmonary Critical Care, Dr. Haythe decided to switch to Cardiology after speaking with her mentor Dr. Donna Mancini.

Upon completing a fellowship for congestive-heart failure-cardiac transplants in 2005 (under Dr. Mancini), and cardiovascular diseases fellowship in 2009, Dr. Haythe began practicing at Columbia University Medical Center. Her specialties include pulmonary hypertension, heart failure and cardiac transplant.

Despite Cardiology being a heavily male dominated medical field, Dr. Haythe has become a sought after specialist in New York City, with particular interest in both chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and the care of pregnant women with cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Haythe continues to find her own motivation and determination through the strong patient and family relationships she has forged, and the gratification of helping her patients get a new life with a heart transplant or assist devices, allowing patients to be able to live a full life with their families, as well as helping pregnant women safely deliver children and be able to care for them with post-delivery health care.

Dr. Haythe lives and practices in New York City. When not working, she enjoys an active lifestyle that includes running, boxing and yoga, as well as spending time with her husband, Eli and their two children.
Sex: Good for Your Heart
You may be hesitant to get frisky after a cardiac event and worry that it could make your ticker worse.

You may also fear the worst case scenario: having a heart attack while engaged with your partner.

The good news is that less than one percent of acute heart attacks are linked to sex, according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

With clearance from your doctor, you can engage in sexual activity after a cardiac event. In fact, sex is great for your heart. Sex is good aerobic exercise that engages the large muscles in the body. It lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and is good for your emotional health.

Listen in as Dr. Jennifer Haythe discusses how sex is good for your heart.
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