If you've been told you have atrial fibrillation, you may have questions about what you can do. Here are answers to some common questions.
You may feel embarrassed or reluctant to ask this question, but intimacy and staying connected with your partner are important. Experts say sex involves about the same level of exertion as other types of moderate exercise, such as climbing two flights of stairs, vacuuming, bowling, pushing a lawn mower or playing a doubles tennis match. So if your doctor says these are OK, then having sex should be fine.
Sex is also generally OK even if you have a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). If you feel chest pain, an abnormally racing heart or think you may have been shocked by your ICD, check in with your doctor.