Most people survive their first heart attack and return to their normal lives to enjoy many more years of productive activity. But having a heart attack does mean you need to make some changes in your life (View an animation of a heart attack). Your doctor will advise you of medications and lifestyle changes according to how badly your heart was damaged and what degree of heart disease you have. It's up to you to follow your doctor's recommendations to make a full recovery.
This content was last reviewed on 10/20/2012.