Harvard Men's Health Watch

On call: Returning to work after a heart attack

My 59-year-old husband just came home after being hospitalized for a mild heart attack. He was only in the hospital for five days and he feels great, though he does have to take three prescription medicines plus aspirin. I?m writing because my husband?s doctor doesn?t want him to go back to work for another six weeks even though his job doesn?t involve any lifting. I think the stress of staying home would be worse than going to work. Please advise.

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