Sexuality and Heart Disease: Implications for Nursing

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Abstract

In the United States, people aged 65 and older are at particular risk for heart disease and stroke. Obesity and diabetes are also significant health problems for older adults. In this fast-growing segment of the population, this potential range of health problems can affect many aspects of life—one of those is sexuality. Nurses must acknowledge the sexuality of older persons and the potential effect that heart disease can have on this multifaceted aspect of their lives.

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