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Support after a heart attack
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

Support after a heart attack

Many different thoughts may go through your head after a heart attack and you may be presented with complicated medical info. Know where to get support.

Key takeaways

  • It can feel scary and difficult to understand complicated medical information and treatments after a heart attack. 
  • Cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) is one of the best things you can do to improve your heart health and improve your recovery. 
  • Cardiac rehab programs offer individual advice, group education and supervised exercise. 
  • ​There are many resources for further advice and support after a heart attack. 
It’s normal to feel scared, confused and overwhelmed after a heart attack. After all, a heart attack is a life-changing event and navigating the road to recovery isn’t easy. Questions, confusion, uncertainty and even fear are common. It’s important to know you’re not alone and that there are many other people experiencing the same feelings as you.  

It can be difficult to understand complicated medical information and treatments. It’s normal – even helpful – to have a lot of questions. Make sure to ask these questions to your doctor, so that you understand your treatment and recovery. 

Heart Foundation Helpline 

Our Helpline provides convenient patient support services (by phone) after your heart attack. This can help: 

 

  • Explain and educate you about your diagnosis and any procedures  
  • Explore any risk factors you may have  
  • Explain the warning signs of heart attack  
  • Help you find your local Cardiac Rehabilitation program   
  • Help you formulate questions to take to your doctor  
  • Talk to you about your medicines  
  • Refer you to a walking group   
  • ​Refer you to our nutrition and recipe pages.  

Call 13 11 12 during business hours. 

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