Sometime this year, someone you love may experience a heart attack. How will this change your lives? What information will you need to know? How can you help? The many questions of how your everyday lives will be changed can be overwhelming. As with anything, the best defense is a good offense, and, for senior care providers, being prepared now can (literally!) save you a great deal of heartache down the road.
Of course we hope neither you nor your senior loved ones will be impacted by a heart attack or coronary disease, but just in case, it is smart to make note of and keep these questions handy for future reference:
Will I be able to continue doing my favorite activities? With time, it is most likely that you will be able to ease your way back into healthy activities you have always enjoyed. It is important to let your physician know about any hobbies, interests, and physical activity regimens you would prefer to resume, and he or she can help you work towards that objective.
What diet adjustments might be called for? It’s important to consult with the doctor to set up a dietary plan that’s not simply heart-healthy, but one that you can continue with long-term. Keeping sodium and fat to a minimum is vital, but isn’t going to mean you necessarily ought to stay away from them altogether.
How can others assist? Select several trustworthy loved ones and friends to help hold you accountable to your lifestyle changes, and to give you support emotionally as you adjust 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 often to avoid flying for at least 2 weeks after placement of a stent. Having a discussion with your cardiologist about where and when you’d wish to travel is always a good suggestion, to weigh out the potential health risks vs. the benefits.
What long-term effects might I expect? The objective, of course, is to prevent another heart attack, which means continuing, periodic medical appointments and testing. Following your physician’s prescribed dietary and treatment plan will go a long way towards keeping you healthy in the future.
Atlanta Home Care Partners provides the senior care Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas need, supporting heart attack survivors, including fixing heart-healthy meals, running errands such as picking up groceries and prescriptions, and providing encouragement with sticking with an exercise regimen. Call us any time at (404) 228 – 0103 for more recommendations, resources, and in-home care services.