Preventing heart disease

Keeping your heart healthy, whatever your age, is the most important thing you can do to help prevent and manage heart disease.

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Risk factors
The more risk factors for coronary heart disease you have, the greater your chance of developing it. The good news is that for most risk factors, you can do something about them.
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When you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition it’s natural to need time to come to terms with what has happened to you and how your everyday life may be affected.

Cardiac rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and information sessions that help you get back to everyday life as efficiently and successfully as possible after a heart attack, heart surgery or procedure.
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Returning to work
Most people can return to work even if they have been diagnosed with a heart condition, or had a heart attack or heart procedure.


However, it's natural to feel worried about how soon you can go back to work and whether you can carry on doing the same job you were doing before.

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Holidays and travel
Going on holiday when you’ve got a heart condition should still be an enjoyable time which gives you the chance to relax, rest and unwind.


However, if you’ve recently been diagnosed with, or had treatment for a heart condition, it's best to wait until you feel recovered before going on a holiday.

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Driving with a heart condition
Most people with a heart condition will be able to drive again, but it depends on the type of heart condition you have.

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Sex and heart conditions
You can continue to enjoy a happy and healthy sex life even if you have a heart condition.


However, it is normal to feel anxious about starting your sex life again if you have a heart condition.

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Living with a heart condition