Heart Attack Recovery
After a heart attack, receive a personalized recovery plan when you rely on the heart experts at Adventist HealthCare.
If you have surgery, count on your care team to focus on your wellbeing and safety during and after your procedure.
You may need six to eight weeks before you can return to your normal routine. Follow your doctor’s instructions about how to care for yourself, which activities are safe for you, and which activities you’ll need help to do.
Taking Care of Yourself
Help your body heal by following these guidelines:
- Avoid heavy lifting of objects that weigh more than 10 pounds, pushing or pulling heaving objects, or working with your arms held over your head.
- Avoid straining to have a bowel movement.
- Don’t drive a car for four to six weeks if you had surgery.
- Rest often.
- Take warm showers but avoid baths and hot water for four to six weeks to prevent dizziness.
- Wear support stockings, if needed.
You may consider home health care services, including skilled nursing services and homemaking assistance.
Walk for exercise. Start slowly and go longer distances as you recover. Ask your doctor when it’s safe for you to do other activities.
Go to appointments with your doctors, including your primary care doctor, to make sure you’re recovering. Certain lifestyle changes may help prevent future heart problems and improve your quality of life:
- Controlling health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
- Eating a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet
- Getting regular exercise
- Managing stress
- Not smoking
- Reaching a healthy weight
- Taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation program