If you have had a heart attack, you may feel worried and overwhelmed. You probably have a lot of questions. We can help answer some of these questions and provide ways to recover and stay well.
To start, it’s important to take care of yourself. Look to those around you for help during this time. Talk to your doctor for specific advice or if you have any concerns.
How soon can I return to my regular activities?
After a heart attack, you will want to go back to your regular life. This especially can be true if you spent time in the hospital. However, the answer depends on your normal routine and the condition of your heart. It’s important to start slowly to give your heart a chance to heal. Your doctor will talk to you about when you can be active again and what you should do. Do not return to any kind of exercise without talking to your doctor first. It also is important to sign up for a cardiacrehabilitation program. This monitors your blood pressure, heart rate, and heartbeat as you exercise.
When can I go back to work?
The amount of time you are off from work varies. It depends on your heart health and how active and stressful your job is. You may have to make some changes in how you do your job. Or if work is too hard on your heart, you might have to switch jobs, at least for a short time.
Is it okay to drive?
Most people who have a heart attack can drive again after 1 week. Talk to your doctor about concerns or if you have other conditions that may prevent you from driving safely. If you are a commercial driver, talk to your company before driving again.
Can I have sex?
After having a heart attack, you should wait 2 to 3 weeks before having sex again. As with other types of activity, you may need to start out slow.