After a heart attack, it is natural for a patient to tread carefully, fearing another attack. Fear, negative feelings, even depression may be overriding emotions after a heart attack, which cannot be wished away unless health care providers rise to the occasion to allay the doubts and uncertainties that ebb and flow in a patient's mind.
Often, ambiguous communication from caregivers cause more harm than good. In certain cases, patients completely avoid exercises, and in others, they continue to smoke, despite warnings.
A study conducted by Auckland University and Auckland City Hospital, has found that patients' estimation of risk is dominated by what the patients feel from within, which is totally disconnected from the clinical inferences. The period of stay in the hospital, experiences, and mood of the patients influence their perception about risks, that has a bearing on how they take care of themselves after an attack.