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.
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.
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Heart Attack Recovery Questions and Answers
This content was last reviewed July 2015.
Heart Attack Recovery Series in Heart Insight MagazineAfter a Heart Attack: What Happens Now?
If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. Many survivors feel scared, confused and overwhelmed after a heart attack. Read the first in our four-part series to help guide your steps and connect with resources to support your recovery.
Up and At 'em!
In the 50s, a patient was likely to have their doctor prescribe 12 weeks of bedrest. Today’s patients may not even get 12 hours before they’re out of bed. This article focuses on the importance of cardiac rehabilitation.
Feelings After a Heart Attack
People typically have a spectrum of emotions after a heart attack. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness - but also hope for the future as well as relief at having another chance.