You and your loved one may have questions after a heart attack, but because this can also be a confusing and overwhelming time, we've created a list to help. The more you know and understand, the more you will be able to support your loved one in the right ways at the right times during recovery and over the long term - including reducing the risk of future cardiac events.
Choose the ones that are important to you, and use this list to prompt your own questions.
What caused the heart attack?
How serious was the heart attack?
What is the prognosis?
What follow-up is necessary?
What medications are needed? And how long will they be prescribed?
When and how should nitroglycerin be used?
What are the likely side effects of the medications prescribed?
What medications and foods should be avoided?
What over-the-counter medications are safe (or unsafe)?
What lifestyle changes are recommended?
Are there any activities that should be avoided?
Which activities are better to start with?
Is it safe to exercise alone?
How long and how hard should exercise be?
How can my loved one get back to doing what they love?
What can family and friends do to help?
What kind of dietary changes or restrictions are necessary?
What should blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygenation be?
What can be expected long term?
Is there a risk of heart problems in the future?
What can be done to lessen the risk of another heart attack?
What symptoms should we be concerned about?
When should we call the doctor’s office, or when is it necessary to call 9-1-1?
Who should we turn to for support? (medical team, support groups, nurse line, etc.)
No content in this app, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.