When To Resume Intimacy After A Heart AttackNewlywed Derek Avdul and his wife Jean love to run. But during a race last fall, his life changed in an instant when he collapsed in cardiac arrest. Bystanders jumped in to help. "Then the paramedics came. They had to shock me to get my heart started again," Avdul said. With a family history of heart problems, the 44 year old knew it was important to get healthy and active again.