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Why Follow-Up Care Is Key to Recovery After Your Heart Attack

Heart AttackWhen you’re released from the hospital after you’ve had a heart attack, you probably think you’re on the road to recovery. And you are. But now comes a crucial time when you need to follow your doctor’s instructions faithfully and watch for any signs of trouble.

“The key message for patients to understand is that their risk for problems and their need for care does not end when they are discharged,” says cardiologist Umesh N. Khot, MD , Vice Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. “There is a high risk of having additional problems in the first couple of weeks, and they need to have a heightened awareness.”

Hospital discharge routines are changing