Heart attack recovery
Treatment for a heart condition doesn’t end in hospital. Recovery continues when you go home.
There are simple, positive steps you can take to help you recover and reduce your chances of having more problems in the future.
How to take charge of your 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.
A heart attack is a life-changing experience. It's normal to feel sad, worried, angry, lonely or guilty afterwards. These emotions don't usually last long, but it’s good to keep track of how you’re feeling. Remember, it’s important to take care of both your emotional and physical health. Depression, anxiety and lack of social support can slow your recovery and increase your risk of more problems.
Getting back to normal life
Meals and food
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.
Discover healthy cooking methods and meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
You can also use the nutrition action plan to help you.
Be physically active
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.
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Quitting smoking is the most important way to lower your risk of more heart problems. Get help from your doctor or health professional.
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.
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.
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.