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How can I recover faster after a heart attack or heart surgery?

Francis X. Downey, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)

To help yourself recover faster after a heart attack or heart surgery:

  • Exercise regularly. This is one of the best ways to help yourself recover. Exercise strengthens your body and helps you feel good about yourself.
  • Get enough sleep. Most people need six to eight hours of sleep each night to function at their best. During the first weeks at home, you will need even more.
  • Relax. If you never feel relaxed or have trouble dealing with stress, ask your doctor or nurse for information that will help you.

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