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Life after a heart attack

What can I do?

cycling in woodHave regular check-ups with your GP. You may be able to make some of these lifestyle changes to stay healthy.

Make sure you take all your medications as prescribed

If you have had a heart attack, complete your cardiac rehabilitation programme.

If you have angina, know your angina action plan.

You can also learn more about

And you can find your local heart support group in this online directory.

Who can help?

Several people and organisations may be involved in caring for you, your family member, or your friend. You can contact some yourself, while for others you will need to be referred by your GP.

GP

For general practices currently taking new patients, phone Primary and Community Services on (03) 687‑2307.

To find the contact details and fee schedule for a general practice see South Canterbury DHB – Finding a GP.

Green Prescription Team

Green Prescription is a programme that helps you get more activity into your day-to-day- life. You can refer yourself using this form.

Timaru Hospital General Medicine Department

The Timaru Hospital General Medicine Department sees people with serious heart problems on referral from a medical professional. It also provides echocardiogram, electrocardiograms (ECG) and exercise electrocardiograms (exercise ECG). If you need an ECG or exercise ECG your doctor may refer you to this department to be seen as an outpatient.

Private heart specialists

Find a private heart specialist/cardiologist using:

On the next page: Reducing my risk of a heart attack

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Cardiology GP Liaison, Canterbury DHB, Page created August 2016.

See also:

Diabetes

Eating well

High cholesterol

High triglycerides

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