After you have a heart attack, the amount of time it will take you to recover depends on the extent of the damage to your heart muscle. Apart from the initial shock and emotional impact you feel after your heart attack, you will also begin adjusting to a new normal lifestyle.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute provides insight how your care team can help you prevent future heart-related episodes, including:
- Education on lifestyle changes, such as following a healthy diet, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking
- Medicines to control chest pain or discomfort, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and your heart's workload
- Anticlotting medicines, such as aspirin, that may help prevent another heart attack
- A cardiac rehabilitation program
You may feel anxiety about having another heart attack, the changes you need to make or how long it will take to get back to your normal daily routine. That’s where cardiac rehabilitation can help.
Those who complete cardiac rehabilitation programs have a 30 to 40 percent reduction in risk for repeated cardiac episodes compared to those who do not, so it is important to follow your physician’s directions for both therapy and medication. If you are not referred to cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack, ask your physician if he or she thinks it may be right for you.
At Kindred, we offer specialized, in-depth cardiac services in the following settings:
The symptoms of a second heart attack may not be the same as those of a first heart attack. Don't take a chance if you're in doubt. Always call 9–1–1 right away if you or someone else has heart attack symptoms.