If you have just been diagnosed with a heart condition, had a heart attack, or undergone a heart procedure, it is natural to have doubts about going back to work. The following questions and answers will help you determine whether or not it is safe for you to return to work:
How Soon Can I Return to Work?
The type of heart condition, the severity and stability of the condition, the amount of time needed for recovery, and the kind of work you do are some of the factors that can affect the timing of your return to work. The best thing to do is to consult your cardiologist first before you decide to go back to work.
Can I Return to the Same Job?
You may be able to go back to the same job or you may have to ask your employer to make temporary or permanent changes to your role or workload. You may also decide to quit your current job and look for a new job that suits you better. If your work involves driving, you have to find out from your employer whether there are any restrictions that apply to you.
Can I Do Manual Work?
If your job requires you to handle heavy objects or equipment, consult your cardiologist first before you return to work. If you experience discomfort or pain in your chest at any time, you should stop lifting heavy objects or operating heavy equipment. Also, talk to your physician if you experience shortness of breath or palpitations while doing heavy lifting.
Will My ICD or Pacemaker Affect My Job?
If you have had an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) or Pacemaker fitted, find out if there are any objects, such as magnets or electromagnets, in your workplace that can affect the functioning of your device.
Do not hesitate to contact our cardiologists if you have any concerns about returning to work after diagnosis of a heart condition.