Returning to normal life

Returning 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 or cardiac rehabilitation team about when you can start different activities again and how to pace your program. 

Learn more about exercise after a heart attack.

Going back to work

Returning to work is a very important part of your recovery. The earlier you plan for it, the better your chances of getting back sooner.

Read more about going back to work.

Travelling and driving

You can travel straightaway by public transport, or as a passenger in a car. You’ll need to talk with your doctor about when it’s safe to fly and to drive. There might also be some changes to your licence and insurance.

Learn more about travelling and driving.

Managing relationships

A long-term health condition like a heart attack or heart surgery can be hard on relationships with parters, family and friends. Learn how to manage your emotions as you recover. 

Read more about romantic relationships and intimacy after a heart attack.

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Finances and insurance

For some people, a heart attack or heart surgery can cause money worries.

Find out about where you can get support, and get tips for manging your finances.

Support for independent living

Once you go home, you might need help with everyday jobs to live independently.
The Home Care Packages Program provides older people who want to stay at home with access to a range of ongoing personal services, support services and clinical care that help them with their day-to-day activities.

Read more about home help packages.

Support groups

You or your carer might find it useful to meet people who are in similar situations, either in your area or online. There are support groups around Australia that organise regular exercise sessions, such as walking groups, as well as other social activities.

Find more about support services and groups.

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