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Integration of coronary heart disease into everyday life

Getting back to work

Most patients return to work within 2 weeks to 3 months. Starting with part time activity or changing professional activity can be useful. Get advice from your physician or cardiologist.


It is recommended to wait 1 to 4 weeks before driving again. If you drive heavy vehicles or transport more than 8 passengers, driving is forbidden for 6 weeks. Take advantage of the rehabilitation period to seek specialized advice.


It is not recommended that you fly or go above 1500 m of altitude during the first 4 weeks, or if your condition is not stabilized.

Sexual relations

As soon as you are able to stroll around briskly, you should be able to restart a normal sexual activity. If you feel pain during the act, no longer feel desire or apprehend sexual relations, speak with your physician. Attention: If you are given medication containing nitroglycerine, medication for erectile dysfunction (Viagra® or other such medication) is contra-indicated as the double association can lead to severe hypotension (low blood pressure).

Psychological reactions linked to heart attacks

You have experienced a cardiac event. It is most likely that you, your family and your friends feel worried. This is normal.
Disease is a disturbing event that can bring about all sorts of reactions : stress, anger, revolt, helplessness, loneliness, discouragement, anguish over the future, fear of death…another tendency is to act as if nothing has happened and to minimize its importance.

Speak about it ! Don’t hesitate to ask us questions and to share your fears and feelings…. It is an opportunity to initiate thoughts about your priorities, your habits and to make a new start to improve your quality of life.

If you have trouble functioning or getting back to your feet, you may need support. Don’t wait, consult.

Last modification on 24/09/2010