Home > Medical > Heart Health > Life after heart attack Life after heart attack All sections in Heart » About Heart » Children & Heart Disease » Congenital Heart Disease » Emergency Treatment » FAQs » Diet and your Heart » Health Tips » Heart and Exercise » Heart Attack » Heart Transplants » After a Heart Attack » Multimedia » Heart News » Obesity » Smoking & your Heart » Stress & your Heart » Tests & Procedures » The Heart in Space » Treatment » Women & Heart Disease Healthy mind, healthy heart Once your heart has been repaired, allow time for healing the mind, says Dr Sharon Frewen, who believes patients should attend at least one session with a psychologist. Depression can break your heart Depression can be dangerous to someone who has had a heart attack and untreated depression can increase the risk of another attack, writes Prof Piet Oosthuizen. Taking medication Medication is an essential part of the heart patient’s life, but can be dangerous as well. Here's what you need to know. Ask Cardiologist » Quiz Is your diet heart-healthy? » Quiz Could I have high cholesterol? » Subscribe Newsletters » Simple tips on keeping a healthy heart 7 steps to a healthier heart Heart patient: handling stress After a heart attack, your life will necessarily change to a certain degree. This can affect your relationship to loved ones and can possibly cause stress. The spouse: coping with denial You know your partner is in denial when he/she refuses to believe that the heart attack actually happened. Psychologists would tell you that denial is one way to deal with trauma. Going home: the first few weeks As a heart patient, it's important to resume physical activity when you get home. Although exercise is necessary to prevent another attack, it should be done in moderation. The spouse: being informed Although the heart patient is in good hands at hospital, the partner will be in charge at home. The spouse: beware of over-protectiveness Being over-protective after your partner’s heart attack could be a serious error. You should support him or her in doing more each day without taking over his or her role. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.