Having a heart attack certainly puts life in perspective. It usually makes you more appreciative of those around you, and also makes you vividly aware of your own mortality. “Taking stock” after a heart attack is normal, but it’s equally important to focus on living life after a heart attack.
How To Begin
Since 20% of adults who had a heart attack will have a second one within 5 years, it’s vital to make some changes and live a healthier life after a heart attack. You may be fearful of doing too much, too little, eating the wrong things, or you may just become completely overwhelmed. The Bethencourt Group and staff are there for guidance, so use them as trusted resources.
Learn as much as you can about your initial recovery regimen. Dipping your toes in the water is best practice. Take things slowly and give your heart a chance to heal. Don’t expect to dive into activities immediately. Don’t do any exercise until you have spoken with your physician, and they give the OK as to what type of exercise and how much.
Put off sexual activity for a couple of weeks. Wait at least a week to begin driving. Ask your physician about the best time to go back to work.
Follow The Rehab Routine
Your physician will most likely suggest a medically supervised rehabilitation program for you to help with your recovery. Stay with it until you are released.
Get Enough Rest
Rest is surely important after a heart attack, but so is some return to social and recreational activities. Balance out the two with The Bethencourt Group’s recommendations.
Be sure getting enough sleep is at the top of your priority list. Take a nap during the day if you need to.
Manage Your Personal Risk Factors
By now you will know exactly what risk factors are involved in your condition, and you should be motivated to make some changes.
- Stop smoking or get help doing so.
- Control your blood pressure.
- Find out if you are pre-diabetic or have diabetes
- Lose some weight through proper exercise.
- Eat a more heart healthy diet.
- Better control your stress level and alleviate any depression.
You have probably heard all about these risks for cardiovascular disease before, but ignored them. Now that you are paying attention, make the changes you need for living life after a heart attack.
Know Future Warning Signs
It’s vital that you are aware of the warning signs of another heart attack. Every minute counts. Watch for pain or pressure in the center of the chest that radiates to the shoulder, neck, back or jaw. Call 911 if you also have shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or a cold sweat.
There is no reason you can’t live a long healthy life after a heart attack.