Lifestyle Changes to Manage Heart Attack
Returning to Everyday Life
- Sexual activity—It is normal for you or your partner to feel concerned about whether it is safe for you to resume sexual activity. In general, people who have a heart attack can safely resume sexual activity after a short recovery period. To find out what is safe for you, make an appointment to discuss this issue with your doctor. You and your partner may also be referred to sexual counseling. It will allow you both to talk about your concerns and learn how to safely resume sexual activity.
- Counseling—Support groups or one-on-one counseling can help you navigate the challenges of recovering from a heart attack. Support groups allow you to interact with others who have had a heart attack. They offer an environment of encouragement and support that will help you adjust and adhere to your treatment.
- Be an active participant in your care—Talk to your team about symptoms or treatments that you are having difficulty with. Other treatments options may be available to help you better manage your health.
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/12/2014 -
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