Returning to your daily activities

Discuss with your doctor when you will be able to drive again, as you will require their approval before you recommence driving. Your doctor’s approval will be dependent on the type of vehicle you drive, your condition and your recovery. At first, do not drive alone, and stay on familiar roads and avoid peak-hour traffic while waiting for your confidence to return.
Beware that some insurances do not cover you for a period of time following your cardiac event.
Additionally, it is a requirement by law that all permanent or long-term health conditions are reported to the Transport Department as it may influence your ability to drive.
Walking upstairs
If there are stairs in your home or workplace, remember to take them slowly. If you are able to walk at your normal pace along a flat surface, you are also able to climb two flights of stairs.
If you can manage walking up two flights without shortness of breath of chest pain, you should be able to enjoy sex with your partner. If you have had heart surgery, it is recommended to wait 6-8 weeks after surgery to allow the breastbone to recover. Don’t eat large meals, drink alcohol before sex, and avoid having sex if you are tired. During any sexual activity if you feel pain or discomfort, stop immediately. Cardiac medications can interfere with your interest in sex, if so discuss your problems with your partner and doctor.
Returning to work
Discuss with your doctor or cardiac rehabilitation provider to decide when it is appropriate to return to work. It may take some time to adjust to the workplace routine. It may require negotiating shorter working days or lighter duties, especially if your job is physically demanding.
For tips on how to be healthy at work, please see the following links

  1. Heart Online, National Heart Foundation, Self-care and activities of daily living, viewed 6 June 2013,