Heart attack recovery

  • First steps for recovery

    Setting goals and priorities for your emotional and physical health will help you recover. 

    Learn more about the first steps of recovery.

  • Getting back to normal life

    You should be able to return to your usual activities a few weeks after your heart attack or other heart problem. Talk to your doctor about starting different activities at the right pace for you. 

    Read more about getting back to normal.

  • Diet and meals

    Healthy eating and drinking will help you recover and avoid more heart problems. Some simple changes can make a big difference. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about the diet that is best for you. 

    Learn more about healthy eating and use the nutrition action plan to help you recover.

  • Be physically active

    Being more active every day will help you recover and lower your risk of more problems. Talk with your doctor or health professional about how to safely build up your activity.

    Learn more about exercising after a heart attack and use the physical activity action plan to set goals.

  • Be a healthy weight

    Being a healthy weight is important for avoiding more heart problems.
    Talk to your doctor about whether you need to lose weight.
    If you do need to lose weight, plan to do it the healthy way. Change your eating habits, do more physical activity and sit less.

    Learn how to maintain a healthy weight and set priorities with this action plan.

  • Recovering from a heart attack?

    Get recovery tips on heart attack treatment, lifestyle changes and recovery planning sent straight to your inbox.

  • Quit smoking

    Quitting smoking is the most important way to lower your risk of more heart problems. Get help from your doctor or health professional.

    Discover ways to quit smoking after a heart attack and use this action plan to help you quit.

  • Emotional, social and family life

    Depression and lack of social support can slow your recovery. They can also increase your risk of more problems.

    Read more about taking care of your emotional health and use this action plan to manage your emotional health.

  • Going to a cardiac rehabilitation centre

    Cardiac rehabilitation is a critical part of your recovery.  Your doctor and your cardiac rehabilitation team can help you plan your recovery. 

    Find a cardiac rehabilitation centre near you.

  • Need help finding a cardiac rehabilitation service?

    Our free Heart Foundation Helpline can help you find a cardiac rehabilitation program near you. Call 1300 36 27 87 and talk to one of our qualified heart health professionals. If you need an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for the Heart Foundation.

  • Other health issues

    It's important to manage other health issues you may have, like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

    Discover ways you can manage other health issues.

  • Take action

    Use action plans to track your recovery and journey to a healthier heart. Work with your doctor and other health professionals to plan your recovery. 

    Get started by taking action now.

Heart Foundation Helpline

We are here to answer your questions. Call 1300 36 27 87 and talk to one of our qualified heart health professionals. If you need an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for the Heart Foundation.

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