Living with heart disease
Being diagnosed with heart disease can be a difficult time for you and your family. Your road to recovery may be filled with successes, obstacles and pitfalls. Knowing what to expect along the way will help you better deal with the challenges that lie ahead.
At the hospital
At the hospital, your healthcare team will encourage you to regain your independence by washing and dressing yourself, sitting up in a chair, taking walks in the hall and going up and down stairs. These activities will be spread out through the day and increased slowly until you are ready to go home.
Whether you are employed, retired or a homemaker, you will probably need to take time off. Ask family members, friends and neighbours to help you shop, cook and clean the house. Although it is normal to tire easily in the first few weeks of recovery, watch for anything out of the ordinary and call your doctor if you:
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has plenty of helpful information and advice for people who have survived heart disease, their families and their caregivers.
Read our brochure Living well with heart disease: a guide for people with coronary artery disease. This book is a comprehensive guide for heart patients like you, your family and friends to improve your success of recovery, understand the diagnosis and treatment you will receive and make healthy changes to your lifestyle. It is Canadian, current and has been approved by Heart and Stroke Foundation medical experts. You can also order the booklet online.
Last modified: January 2015