Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Rest and reducing the workload on your heart is an important part of recovery. Your doctor will likely tell you what type of physical activity you can do during the several months while your heart heals. Ask your doctor when you can resume normal activities.

Your doctor may recommend regular follow-up appointments to evaluate your condition. Your doctor may order tests, such as echocardiograms, to evaluate your heart.

If you have any lingering heart damage, it's also important to consume a low-salt diet, restrict the amount of fluids you drink, drink a minimum amount of alcohol and avoid smoking. Your doctor will let you know what your fluid intake should be, as well as the amount of salt that's OK for you to include in your diet.

Oct. 24, 2015