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With the right information and support many people continue to work
If you have a heart condition then you may be able to continue working, as long as your doctor feels it is safe for you to do so. Your doctor will need to consider your physical condition as well as the type of job you do.
When your job is mentally demanding or stressful it is important to learn some stress management skills, including time management. A simple rule of thumb regarding time management is to split your day into thirds: one third sleep, one third work and one third social and leisure activities.
You may find it useful to learn relaxation techniques and practice breathing control exercises. These can help minimise the effects that stress and anxiety have on your life.
Unless your doctor advises against it there is no reason why you shouldn't be aiming to get back to work.
You can usually expect to do this within a few months but everyone's circumstances are different, so don't compare yourself with others. The length of time off work will depend on what your job is. For example:
If your blood pressure is well controlled then you should be able to continue working.
If you work with machinery you must discuss this with your doctor, before any treatment is prescribed, as some drugs can make you drowsy.
Be honest with your employer. Sometimes you may need a medical examination to fulfil conditions for pension funds and insurance purposes. If you decide that the physical requirements of your job are too much for you it may be necessary to retrain or find alternative duties at your workplace. If your work has an occupational health department, they can be a useful source of support and information.