When a heart attack strikes, as it will this year for many thousands of people, the countless ways their lives will change post-heart attack and the many questions they will have are overwhelming and exhausting. As with anything, the most effective defense is a good offense, and getting prepared now can (literally!) save you a lot of heartache later.
Of course we hope neither you nor your elderly family and friends will be impacted by a heart attack or heart related illnesses, but just in case, it is best if you make note of and keep these questions handy for future reference:
- Will I be able to continue doing my favorite activities? After a period of recovery, it is most likely that you will be able to enjoy your favorite pastimes again. It’s important to let your medical doctor know about any hobbies, interests, and exercise regimens you’d want to return to, and he or she can help you work towards that target.
- What eating adjustments may be necessary? It’s important to consult with the doctor to set up a nutritional plan that’s not simply heart-healthy, but one that you will continue with long-term. Keeping sodium and fat to a minimum is necessary, but is not going to mean you necessarily ought to stay away from them completely.
- How can others assist? Pick a few trustworthy loved ones and friends to help hold you accountable to your changes in lifestyle, and to give you support emotionally as you get used to these changes.
- Will I be able to travel? There is no “one size fits all” type of answer for this question. A standard guideline is usually to steer clear of flying for at least 2 weeks after placement of a stent. Having a discussion with your cardiologist about where and when you’d like to travel is always recommended, to weigh out the potential health risks vs. the benefits.
- What kinds of long-term effects can I anticipate? The objective, naturally, is to avert another heart attack, which means ongoing, periodic medical appointments and testing. Following your physician’s prescribed dietary and treatment plan will go a long way towards helping you stay healthy in the years to come.
Home Sweet Home In-Home Care provides specialized assistance and support to post-heart attack survivors in St. Joseph, MI and the surrounding area. This includes fixing heart-healthy meals, running errands such as picking up groceries and prescriptions, and offering encouragement with staying with an exercise regimen. Call us any time at 269-849-9252 for further recommendations, resources, and in-home care services.