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Recovering from a Heart Attack

The heart muscle begins to heal soon after a heart attack and usually takes about eight weeks. Scar tissue will form in the damaged area, and that scar tissue does not contract or pump as well as healthy muscle tissue. That means the heart can't pump as well as before. The degree of loss of function depends on the size and location of the scar tissue.

Most heart attack survivors have some degree of coronary artery disease (CAD) and will have to make important lifestyle changes and possibly take medication to prevent a future heart attack and lead a full, productive life.

Central's Cardiac Rehabilitation program helps heart attack survivors take productive steps toward improving their health.

Learning more 

  • Talk to your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional about heart disease 
  • For more information, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org.