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Heart Attack Recovery Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How are you feeling after your heart attack? Are you experiencing any chest pain?
  • If you have chest pain, does it improve with rest or get worse with strenuous activity?
  • How is your stress level? Are you feeling depressed or anxious?
  • Have you started a cardiac rehab program? If not, do you need a referral?
  • Do you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol? Are those conditions under control?
  • Are you taking your medications as prescribed?
  • What kind of support do you have to help you in your heart attack recovery?
  • Have you started making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating better, exercising more or quitting smoking?
  • What kind of heart attack did I have? How did it damage my heart?
  • What treatments will I need after my heart attack? Will I need new or different medications or any follow-up procedures?
  • How long do I need to rest after my heart attack? When can I go back to work?
  • Am I at risk for having another heart attack?
  • How often will I need to be monitored for heart disease?
  • What lifestyle changes will I need to make? Diet changes? Exercise? Quitting smoking?
  • How long will I need to do cardiac rehab?
  • When can I resume sex?
  • What should I do if I experience chest pain?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 20
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