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.
Setting goals and priorities for your emotional and physical health will help you recover.
Learn more about the first steps of recovery.
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.
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.
Depression and lack of social support can slow your recovery. They can also increase your risk of more problems.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a critical part of your recovery. Your doctor and your cardiac rehabilitation team can help you plan your recovery.
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.
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.