The first six weeks: walking
You can begin gentle exercise in the first six weeks after you return home, and gradually build up your fitness level. For a day-to-day exercise routine, follow the suggested walking program.
It is also advisable to start cardiac rehabilitation exercise at your nearest hospital or health care centre soon after you leave hospital.
From seven weeks onwards: a variety of exercise
Once you are over your convalescence, you can start to include swimming, golf and other activities. The aim is to do something every day.
This information was first published in You and Your Heart - an education booklet for patients, families and friends. © 2006 Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service