Dr Sunil Kapoor
How long does it to recover from a myocardial infarction?
Recovery: After a myocardial infarction has been treated and the patient is ready to go home from the hospital, the physician may recommend that the patient enrol in a cardiac rehabilitation program. These programs help patients who have suffered from a myocardial infarction make and commit to the medication and lifestyle changes that can enhance the effects of medical treatment and help prevent further myocardial infarctions. They also oversee a gradual resumption of physical activity, and can be a valuable source of information and support for patients and their families.
Myocardial infarction is a serious medical event, and it often requires substantial changes in a patient’s life in order to prevent future myocardial infarctions. Often, patients may become ‘blue’ or depressed during the weeks and months following a myocardial infarction. If this occurs, it is important to discuss these feelings with a physician to ensure that they do not interfere with taking the necessary steps to prevent future myocardial infarctions.
Although myocardial infarctions are serious conditions, many therapies are available to minimise heart damage, prevent future myocardial infarctions, and ensure a long and healthy life. In order to achieve these goals, patients and families should educate themselves about cardiac health, work with their physicians, and adhere to all prescribed medication and lifestyle therapies.
Sex after a Heart Attack: Many patients who have had a myocardial infarction are concerned about whether sexual activity endangers their heart. Contrary to a popular belief, sexual activity does not cause myocardial infarctions. As a general rule, most people can resume sexual activity within two weeks after being treated for a heart attack. However, patients should discuss resuming sexual activity with their physician before doing so.
(The writer is a senior consultant cardiologist practising at Care Hospital, Hyderabad)