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Saturday, July 11th 2009, 8:12pm

Low motility after Heart attack?

Hi

I was wondering if someone (probably Paul!!) could answer a question for me.

DH and I have been TTc for over 3 years and have undergone a year of ICSI/FET's. One of our problems is DH's motility which tested over a year ago at 10% motility (count was high though). Last FET was initially successful.

Less than a month ago, my healthy, fit, not overweight DH had a heart attack and less than a week later I miscarried at almost 12 weeks. Thankfully, DH is on the mend and we are now going to try ourselves for the next few months as I believe my fertility problems have been sorted (AF's back on track and immune issues sorted).

My real question is - Will DH's heart attack have a further negative impact on his sperm count/motility and will the drugs he's on also impact - he's on a statin for cholesterol, beta blockers - plavix I think, aspirin, arginine and cardicor. I have also slipped a zinc supplement in there for good measure.

He has had to drastically change his lifestyle - stopped smoking, much less stress (he hasd his own business and would have been constantly stressed/anxious), at least 30 minutes cardio exercise per day, a diet rich in veg, oily fish etc. ironically, these are the things he should have been doing to improve his sperm motility - will these help now and if so how long will the changes take to manifest themselves?

Thank you for reading and I hope someone can help. Its been a tough June :sadface:

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Saturday, July 11th 2009, 8:17pm

RE: Low motility after Heart attack?

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can't really help with the specifics, but I believe that any changes would take at least 3 months to show. You might want to post a question on the sperm scientist thread?

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Sunday, July 12th 2009, 10:15am

Sorry for the rough time you have had recently. I have an inkling that b-blockers can cause impotence. if he is on them you might want to see your GP for alternative antihypertensive medication if possible. Maybe his cardiologist may want him on b-blockers for a bit longer. But it might be worth going to GP with a list of his medication and what affects it will have on his fertility or read through the leaflet you get with the medication. Found a link:
http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Beta-Blockers.htm
BTW, Plavix is not b-blocker. It is clopidogrel, a new blood thinning agent. Did your DH have an Angio? Cardicor- bisoprolol is the b-blocker. Here's what I found on internet:
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100000408.html
But again it is always best to discuss the information you get on net with your doctor as they are guys with experience and knowledge. Is he due to see his cardiologist soon?

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Sunday, July 12th 2009, 11:49am

Hi Rightans,

Thanks for that. The beta Blocker has most definitely not caused impotence!!! If anything, DH's brush with death has turned him into "up for it anytime"....

His cardiologist did mention about the impotence but as I said earlier this is not a problem. DH did have an angioplasty and had 2 stents insterted into the blocked artery. Thankfully they seem to have worked as he is experiencing no pain anymore - that was an issue at the time as the blockage was hardened.

Hi is seeing his cardiologist tomorrow actually so I'll get him to ask then.

Thanks for the links - I'll look up now.

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Monday, July 13th 2009, 12:06am

Hi Deedee,

What a calamity for you both. I am sorry.

There may be a brief reduction in his sperm picture, which as has been said, he might not see for three-four months after this cardiac episode. It would hardly be surprising to find the stress of that time has impaired sperm production. This is one of the physiological functions that the mind shuts down in time of stress in order to deal with the more important issues.

But he should recover fully even if there is a couple of months of 'down time'. None of his drugs sound like problems for spermatogenesis and as he seems to have recovered his spirits! - then things look quite bright.

Keep us in touch.

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