Heart attack treatment
A lot can happen after a heart attack. Even after you leave hospital, you may feel shocked, confused, teary or even angry. It can be hard to remember everything you are told.
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Questions to ask your doctor
Everyone’s circumstances are different. To understand your diagnosis and treatment, ask your healthcare professionals these questions:
- How long do I have to stay in hospital?
- How long will it take me to recover?
- What tests will I need while I’m here?
- Will I have any procedures or surgery to help me recover?
- What medicines will I have to take?
- Are there any risks associated with my treatment?
- What can I do to help me recover more quickly?
Do you have more questions?
The Heart Foundation Helpline is here to answer them. Call 13 11 12 and talk to one of our qualified heart health professionals. If you need an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for the Heart Foundation.
Your doctor may order medical tests to help find out what your heart condition is and the best way to treat it. Ask your doctor if you’re not sure about any tests.
Once your doctor knows what your heart condition is, he or she will then decide what treatments or procedures you may need. Ask your doctor if you’re not sure about a procedure.
It’s really important to do cardiac rehabilitation. It gives you and your carers professional support in your recovery. Ask your hospital or doctor to refer you to a program, or call our Heart Foundation Helpline on 13 11 12 to find one.
Managing your emotions
It’s normal to have lots of different feelings after a heart event. Be kind to yourself. Talk with family, friends or professionals about how you’re feeling.
If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor.
Your doctor will only let you leave hospital when you’re well enough to continue recovering at home. Talk to your health professionals about what you will need to take home, and what to expect.
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Need help finding a cardiac rehabilitation service?
Our free 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.