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A heart attack is a medical emergency that often requires major surgery and it can take several months to recover from a heart attack completely.
Some medications may still be continued long after the initial attack, to prevent any further attacks occurring. It is also important to maintain any lifestyle changes that have been adopted to reduce the risk of heart attack.
Patients recovering from heart attack are managed by a team of healthcare professionals that may include physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and counsellors.
The gradual return to normal daily life is referred to as cardiac rehabilitation, a process which typically involves the following stages:
Another aspect of recovery is prevention of a further heart attack. This can involve the use of medication as well as lifestyle changes. Examples include: