You had a heart attack and were in the hospital. You may have had angioplasty and had a stent placed in an artery to open a blocked artery in your heart.
While you were in the hospital, you should have learned:
Your doctor may recommend a cardiac rehabilitation program to you. This program will help you learn what foods to eat and what exercises to do to stay healthy. Eating well and exercising will help you start feeling healthy again.
Before starting to exercise, your doctor will do an exercise test and recommend an exercise plan. This may happen before you leave the hospital or soon afterwards. Do not change your exercise plan before talking with your doctor or nurse first.
Take it easy at first:
Slowly increase how long you exercise at any 1 time. If you are up to it, repeat the activity 2 or 3 times during the day. You may want to try this very easy exercise schedule (but ask your doctor first):
After 6 weeks, you may be able to start swimming, but stay out of very cold or very hot water. You can also begin playing golf. Start easily with just hitting balls. Add to your golfing slowly, playing just a few holes at a time. Avoid golfing in very hot or cold weather.
You can do some things around the house to stay active, but always ask your doctor or nurse first. Avoid a lot of activity on days that are very hot or cold.
You may be able to cook light meals by the end of your first week. You can wash dishes or set the table if you feel up to it.
By the end of the second week you may start doing very light housework, such as making your bed. Go slowly.
After 4 weeks, you may be able to:
By 6 weeks, your doctor may allow you to do more activities, such as heavier housework and exercise, but be careful.
Call your doctor if you feel:
Also call your doctor if you have angina and it:
These changes may mean your heart disease is getting worse.
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