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Sexual Activity & COPD

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A new, small study finds shortness of breath during sexual activity is common for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD.

COPD is a term used to describe certain lung conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Researchers in Denmark say, this breathlessness, also known as dyspnea, can inhibit healthy sex lives and is more common among COPD patients than even heart failure patients.

They compared measures of well-being, depression and sexual function among older patients with severe COPD or heart failure.

The study revealed that 44 percent of COPD patients reported shortness of breath during sexual activity, compared to only 5 percent of the heart failure patients.

And, 56 percent of COPD patients said shortness of breath limited their sexual activity, compared to just 27 percent of heart failure patients.

Doctors say, breathlessness at exertion can also limit daily activities and increase the risk of poor well-being, social isolation, and depression.###