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Action Plans

Recovery is a long journey, so having a plan makes a huge difference. Using an action plan gives you a step-by-step guide to improving your lifestyle.

Key takeaways

Every step counts. Even small ones can make a big difference to your recovery, so pick an action plan and get started.  

  • Make a plan to track your recovery and journey to a healthier heart.
  • Identify what you are ready to do now to help to take the next steps
  • You can use our interactive action plans or download and print them
  • Share your progress with your healthcare team and always seek advice from your doctor before changing any medication.
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The Action plans

Select one of these action plans and make a start:

Know more about our Action Plans

Manage your heart attack signs and symptoms

Make sure you have a plan so you can take action if you experience another heart attack.

Download the heart attack warning signs action plan.

Learn more about heart attacks 

Nutrition action plan

Eat more healthy foods and cut down on foods high in salt. Cut back on unhealthy fats, like saturated and trans fats, and replace them with healthier fats.

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF). 

Physical activity

Get back to doing everyday tasks step by step. Start slowly and gradually build up your activity.

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF).

Healthy weight

If your health professionals say you need to loose weight, use this plan to guide you. 

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF). 

Quit smoking action plan

Planning to quit smoking is an important part of your recovery.

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF).

Diabetes action plan

Taking your diabetes medicines as prescribed to control your diabetes?

Get your diabetes under control.

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF).

Blood pressure action plan

Talk to your doctor and take your medicines to help Keep your blood pressure at healthy levels. 

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF). 

Cholesterol and triglycerides action plan

Triglycerides and cholesterol are fatty substances that circulate in your blood. Keeping these levels down can make a big difference.

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF). 

Alcohol action plan

Manage your alcohol intake by switching alcoholic drinks with low kilojoule drinks, like tap water, plain mineral water or diet soft drink.

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF).

Psychological and social health action plan

Talk to your doctor and take care of your emotional health with this action plan.

Start planning now.

Download a printable version (PDF).

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