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04 - Activity Guidelines after a Heart Attack or Surgery

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This leaflet is designed to give you a guide for physical activity during the first few weeks after a heart attack or having cardiac surgery. It is important to slowly increase your physical activity to give your heart time to heal. Everyone recovers at a different pace and to help avoid further problems you will need to be aware of signs that you are over doing the activity. A good level of intensity is if you can comfortably talk at the same time as doing the activity. Remember to have a ready supply of anginine and take it with you if you go out. Balance physical activity with rest; take time to rest if you feel tired. Your aim is to build up to 30 minutes or more of physical activity on all or most days of the week. It also helps to have someone join in with you for companionship and to make it fun.

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