After having a heart attack the likelihood is you'll need to stay in the hospital for a while, but once you're well enough to go home our GP home doctor service will be on hand to help your recovery from a heart attack.
The key to your recovery from a heart attack is getting plenty of rest and relaxation. It's important not to rush yourself and remember that it may take a few months before you can return to your usual activities and work.
A full recovery from a heart attack is defined as a return to your normal activities which will depend on how active you were before your heart attack. It'll also depend on how severe your heart attack was and how your body has reacted to the attack and your treatment. We recommend that you avoid stress as much as possible and maintain a healthy temperature. This will help to speed up your recovery and help you get back to full strength as soon as possible.
It's also important that you get a regular form of gentle exercise. Slowly increase your physical activity under the advice of the doctors of our GP home doctor service.
We'll also make sure you have all the support you need as part of your cardiac rehabilitation programme.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs give you the opportunity to talk to other patients and share your concerns, problems, and feelings. Many patients who go through these programs later volunteer as instructors for new patients too so you can be sure that you'll be chatting to people who truly understand your position. Our GP home doctor service will guide you and help find the right cardiac rehabilitation programme for you. This will go a long way to aiding your recovery from a heart attack.
The first thing we'll often recommend is that you stop smoking. This is one of the key causes of heart disease which can greatly increase your risk of a heart attack. We'll also be able to advise you on how to improve your diet and start a doctor-approved exercise regime. Together, we'll help you recover from your heart attack and get back to normal. It's important that once recovered, you stick to these positive changes or else you could increase your risk of another, and potentially more serious, heart attack.
Whatever course of action you take after your heart attack, your future health hinges on following the advice of our GP home doctor service.
To find out more information about the help and support our GP home doctor service can offer during your recovery from a heart attack, as well as more general healthcare support, visit our website. You can also give us a call and speak to one of our team!