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Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, changing your diet, and increasing your physical activity, are important when recovering from a heart attack. Cardiac rehabilitation programs help people throughout their recovery; these programs include education on heart-healthy living, exercise training, and counseling to reduce stress and help people return to an active life. Medications can also be prescribed during heart attack recovery.

Recovering From a Heart Attack: An Overview

Millions of people have survived a heart attack, and many have a complete recovery and are able to lead full and productive lives.
During the heart attack recovery period, your goals are to:
  • Recover and resume normal activities as much as possible
  • Prevent another heart attack
  • Prevent complications, such as heart failure or cardiac arrest.
After a heart attack, you will need to see your doctor regularly for checkups and tests to see how your heart is doing. Your doctor will also most likely recommend:
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