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Hospital Stay for Heart Attack Treatment

The length of your hospital stay after a heart attack depends on your condition and response to heart attack treatment. Most people spend several days in the hospital after a heart attack. While in the hospital, your heart will be monitored, and you will receive needed medications. You will probably have further testing and will be treated for any complications that arise.
 

Treatment During the Recovery Period

Treatment for the heart attack does not end when a person leaves the hospital. Furthermore, leaving the hospital is probably when heart disease treatment begins. For people who have had a heart attack, treatment is a lifelong journey.
 
When it is time to leave the hospital, specific dietary and rehabilitation instructions, along with discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary, will be given. Your healthcare providers will also go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention. For people recovering from a heart attack, the most important post-heart attack therapies include:
 
You will need to see your healthcare provider for checkups and tests to see how your heart is doing.
 
(Click Heart Attack Recovery for more information on treatment after a heart attack.)
 

Summary

A heart attack is a life-threatening emergency. Many people die of complications from a heart attack, or become permanently disabled. In order to decrease the chances of complications or death, treatment needs to begin quickly to be most effective. Some treatment options include medications, special procedures, and cardiac rehab.
 
For those that survive a heart attack, it is sobering, yet important, to realize that the condition of your blood vessels will steadily worsen unless you make changes in your daily habits. The good news is that you can control heart disease. There is much you can do to manage your heart condition, reduce your risk for a repeat heart attack, and improve your chances of living a long, rewarding life. The sooner you get started, the better your chances of feeling better, staying well, and avoiding further problems.
 
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