Introduction: Recurrence in patients with the acute coronary syndrome is still common. An appropriate strategy is needed for the patient to overcome the recurrence so that further complications do not occur. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of acute coronary syndrome patients in dealing with recurrence during a heart attack. Methods: Qualitative design with a phenomenological approach is the method used in this study. Samples were 10 patients with acute coronary syndrome and were taken using purposive sampling technique. Data collection was carried out using semi-structured interviews. The data from the interviews were analysed to get the theme of the research results. Results: The results of the study obtained four themes of experience overcoming recurrence during a heart attack, namely by taking medicine, drinking water, resting, and praying. The results of the interview found four themes of steps taken by ACS patients when having a heart attack, namely taking medicine, drinking water, resting and praying. In addition, it was also found that the role of the family in preventing patient relapse, there were two themes, namely the family supporting the patient’s treatment and playing a role in regulating the patient’s dietary pattern. Conclusions: Quick treatment measures when a heart attack occurs, accompanied by prayer and decreased activity through rest and drinking water are the initial measures that are often used to treat heart attacks.
- Acute coronary syndrome
- heart attack