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You will be closely monitored in the first few days after your heart attack
Depending on the severity of your heart attack, the treatment
you have received and your home situation, you will usually
be in hospital for 3 to 5 days.
For most people, after a couple of days, your heart will settle down, the risk of another heart attack lessens and intensive monitoring can be stopped. From the CCU you will be transferred to a ward. Here you will gradually increase what you do for yourself and have any other tests the doctors might feel necessary.
You may find that you don’t really remember a lot of what the doctors and nurses told you, especially during the first few days. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of staff and talk to your family about what has been happening.
If you can, try to have someone with you at home for the first few days or weeks, depending on how you feel. Or, arrange to stay with friends or family for a few days.
Before you leave the hospital, you should receive information about cardiac rehabilitation (rehab), and an idea of when you should expect to be contacted by your cardiac rehab team.
You will also receive a supply of medicines. The doctor or nurse should make sure that you understand how and when to take each of these and how to get a further supply.