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will I be able to go back to work?
zgoat65 posted:
I suffered a massive heart attack last month. I'm an electrician and my job requires strenuous labor in extreme heat and a lot of stress. I have read many different things on this, and they all differ. Mainly due to different people having different types of jobs. I know my doctor will tell me, but I don't see him for another three weeks, and its makin me lose sleep worrying about it. Any advice?
billh99 responded:
Many, if not most, person are able to go back to work after an heart attack.

It depends on the amount of permanent damage and how well the doctors where able to clear/bypass the blockages.

Talk to your doctor about going to cardiac rehab. That is a program of exercises while being monitored. That helps not only build endurance/strength, but also gives confidence that you can safely exercise.

It also include instructions on lifestyle changes, meds, etc.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"my job requires strenuous labor in extreme heat and a lot of stress."

will I be able to go back to work?

This mainly depends on how badly your heart was damaged.

"I have read many different things on this, and they all differ. Mainly due to different people having different types of jobs.

Yes, and one must not forget that everyone is unique with each and every health/medical case/situation being different.

Extremely noteworthy, and especially after a heart attack has occurred, be it mild, to moderate to severe/massive, one should know his/her left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which is the single-most important clinical indicator of how well the heart is pumping, the amount of blood that is being forced out of the left ventricle (LV) with each beat. Normal resting range is 55%-70%.

Understanding Your Ejection Fraction

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