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You were having angina. Angina is chest pain, chest pressure, or shortness of breath that occurs when your heart muscle is not getting enough blood and oxygen. You did not have a heart attack.
You may feel sad or low. You may feel anxious and that you have to be very careful about what you do. All of these feelings are normal. They go away for most people after 2 or 3 weeks.
You may also feel tired when you leave the hospital. You should feel better and have more energy 5 weeks after you are discharged from the hospital.
Know the signs and symptoms of your angina:
Askyour doctor or nurse how to treat your chest pain when it happens. See also: Angina - when you have chest pain
Take it easy at first. You should be able to talk easily when you are doing any activity. If you cannot, stop the activity.
Ask your doctor about returning to work. You may need to work less, at least for a while. If heavy lifting or hard manual labor is part of your job, you may need to change the kind of work you do.
Your doctor may refer you to a cardiac rehabilitation program. This will help you learn how to slowly increase your exercise and how to take care of your heart disease. See also: Being active after your heart attack
Try to limit how much alcohol you drink. Ask your doctor when it is okay to drink, and how much is safe.
Do not smoke cigarettes. If you do smoke, ask your doctor for help quitting. Do not let anyone smoke in your home.
Learn more about what you should eat for a healthier heart and blood vessels. Avoid salty and fatty foods. Stay away from fast-food restaurants. Your doctor can refer you to a dietitian, who can help you plan a healthy diet.
Try to avoid stressful situations. If you feel stressed, sad, tell your doctor or nurse. They can refer you to a counselor.
Ask your doctor about sexual activity. Men should not take Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, or any herbal supplements for erection problems without checking with their doctor first. These drugs are not safe when used with nitroglycerin.
Have all of your prescriptions filled before you go home. You should take your drugs the way your doctor and nurse have told you to. Ask your doctor or nurse if other prescription drugs, herbs, or supplements you have been taking are okay to keep taking.
Take your drugs with water or juice. Do NOT drink grapefruit juice (or eat grapefruit), since they may change how your body absorbs certain medicines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about this.
You may be taking 1 or more of the following drugs. These can help prevent a heart attack:
Never just stop taking any of these drugs, or any other drugs you may be taking for diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other medical conditions you may have.
If you are taking a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin), you may need to have extra blood tests to make sure your dose is correct.
Call your doctor if you feel:
Changes in your angina may mean your heart disease is getting worse. Call your doctor if your angina:
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