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Talk with your doctor about when you can resume your normal activities. He or she will give you a schedule of what you can do at so many weeks or months, such as, returning to work, gardening, driving, walking, and lifting. Be sure to ask the doctor about specific activities that are unique to you, your living situation, or your job. When you resume your normal activities, do so gradually. Listen to your body and slow down if you are getting tired easily. Call your doctor if you begin to experience any worrying heart symptoms. 

It is important to stay socially connected to family and friends during your recovery, but you will have to take things slowly. During the first few weeks after your heart attack, keep visitors to a minimum. If friends want to visit, ask your family members to tell them beforehand they can only stay for 10 minutes or, preferably, ask them to postpone their visit for several weeks. You'll be amazed how tiring visitors can be! If they ask what they can do to help you, suggest they drop off a low-fat meal or some fresh fruit.

Resuming sex is often a big concern - for both you and your partner. Discuss your questions and fears with your doctor. Usually, after a month or so after your heart attack, you will probably be able to safely resume sexual activity. Go slowly, and gradually build up to your former level of sexual activity - there are no timetables or rules. Do what is comfortable for you, your partner, and your heart. If you experience rapid heartbeat, angina (chest pain), prolonged breathing problems, or are very tired after sexual activity, call your doctor.

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