Modern treatments and healthy lifestyle choices can help your heart attack recovery, greatly reduce your risk of further heart problems, and relieve or control symptoms such as angina.
To reduce your risk and aid your recovery:
- take your medicines as prescribed by your doctor
- be smoke-free
- enjoy healthy eating
- be physically active
- control your blood pressure and cholesterol
- achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
- maintain your psychological and social health.
If you have diabetes, you should generally aim to keep your blood glucose levels within the normal non-diabetic range and follow individual advice from your doctor or accredited diabetes educator.
Remember that if you have already had a heart attack, you are at higher risk of having another in the future. Make sure you know the warning signs and talk to your doctor about an action plan to follow if you experience chest pain or other symptoms of heart attack.
The Heart Foundation and the World Health Organization recommend that people who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, coronary angioplasty, angina or other heart or blood vessel disease attend an appropriate cardiac rehabilitation and prevention program.
These programs help you to make practical, potentially life-saving changes to the way in which you live. They can provide you and your family with education, information, physical activity programs and support, which can complement the help that your GP and/or cardiologist gives you.
Contact the Heart Foundation's Health Information Service for more information or a referral to your nearest cardiac rehabilitation service.