Work and Finances

Returning to work after a heart attack

It’s normal to have conflicting feelings about transitioning back into your work routine after a heart attack. On one hand, slowly getting back to work is a step toward finding your new normal. But on the other hand, going to work can add some mental and even physical stress to your recovery journey. Here are a few things to consider when making the decision of when, or if, to go back to work:

  • Always talk to your doctor while deciding when to go back to work
  • Don’t feel pressure to go back too early. Take time to focus on your recovery process
  • Talk to your co-workers about your physical and mental limits
  • Don’t feel like you need to put on a brave face. Speak up if you need help
  • Wherever you are in your journey, remember all the hard work you’ve put in to get there
Work Finances
Work Finances

Medical finances

Worrying about money after a heart attack is not uncommon, and trying to navigate the ins and outs of insurance coverage, financial assistance programs, and treatment costs can feel like a maze. Luckily, there are several online resources that can help you understand your medical financial situation and hopefully also help you manage your finances.

  • GoodRx is a great resource to find discounts on your prescriptions
  • Work out an incremental repayment plan with your healthcare facility’s billing department
  • Check your prescription’s website. Learn about how you may be able to save on a possible treatment option

The American Heart Association insurance FAQs and access to care articles may help you make savvy financial decisions after a heart attack.

Media Finances
Media Finances

Traveling after your heart attack

Whether you’re a jetsetter who can’t imagine life without travel, or you’re simply concerned about traveling for work or for seeing family, you can rest assured that traveling doesn’t have to be off-limits. However, always check with your doctor if it’s safe for you to travel before booking any plans.

When you’re traveling for a vacation or work, you should always:

  • Have any medicines you need on you
  • Have your doctor’s contact information handy
  • Bring a copy of your original prescription papers, in case you lose your medication
  • Keep track of what times you take your medicine, especially if you know your time zone will change
  • Stay on track with your active and diet plans
  • Keep water with you to stay hydrated and easily take medicine
Traveling After Heart Attack
Traveling After Heart Attack