Heart Attack Recovery FAQS

Updated:Mar 22,2013

Close Up OfThree Generational Female Family SmilingMost 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.



Heart Attack Recovery Questions and Answers

Rest is important after a heart attack, but it's just as important for you to participate in recreation and social events and to begin making physical activity a part of your daily life. In many cases doctors will recommend that survivors get more physical activity than they got before their heart attack. A good night's rest is especially important for heart attack patients. And if you feel tired during the day, take a nap or a short rest. Heart patients should rest before they get too tired. Your doctor will tell you what's best for your specific situation, but most heart attack patients find they have plenty of energy for both work and leisure activities.




This content was last reviewed on 10/20/2012.

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