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When you leave hospital

When you leave hospital

You may be given a future appointment at hospital or you may be given an appointment for follow-up with a cardiac nurse at your GP's surgery.

Before you leave hospital you should be offered advice and information about:

  • your condition and what arrangements have been made for future appointments

  • programmes of education and activity, including psychological support, to help you recover (cardiac rehabilitation)

  • changes you can make to your lifestyle

  • drug treatments.

You can find more information about this in 'Preventing another heart attack' (information about NICE clinical guideline 172), which is available from www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG172

Questions you might like to ask when you leave hospital

  • What arrangements have been made for future appointments?

  • What arrangements have been made for my cardiac rehabilitation?

  • Which drugs should I carry on taking and for how long?

  • Should I make any changes to my lifestyle? Should I give up smoking? How much alcohol can I drink? Can you give me any information about improving my diet?

  • When will it be safe for me to return to my usual activities (including sex)?

  • Is it safe for me to exercise and how much exercise should I do?

  • Can I get any advice and support if I'm worried about coping at home?

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