After having a heart attack, it’s very common to go through a number of emotions and thoughts: relief that the experience is over, uncertainty about what may have brought on the attack, and concern about the chance of it happening yet again, just to name a few. The good news is there are measures that heart attack survivors can take to substantially reduce their chance of a secondary incident.
Naturally, before making any lifestyle changes, it’s important to check with the physician. With his or her consent, the senior care experts at Grace Home Care, the area’s top providers of respite care in Topeka and the surrounding communities, offer the following heart attack recovery tips:
- Abide by the prescribed medication plan. Often, when a patient is feeling better, the tendency is to cease taking medications. Yet post-heart attack prescriptions are meant to significantly lower the danger of a subsequent attack, and thus are crucially important to continue.
- Stay on track with follow-up appointments. Life gets busy, and as with prescription medications, it’s not uncommon for seniors to slack off on always keeping regular medical appointments. Again, it’s crucial to the person’s recovery and continued heart health to visit with the physician as often as recommended. And if transportation is an issue, Grace Home Care can assist.
- Be sure to make sensible lifestyle choices. Heart attack risk factors include smoking, an inactive lifestyle, and poor dietary choices. Resolving to live a healthier life by making improvements in any of these areas is worthwhile.
- Seek support. Partnering with others who’ve survived a comparable trauma is a great way to find strength and inspiration following something as life-changing as a heart attack. The American Heart Association’s online support group is a good place to begin.
An additional source of support for those recovering from a heart attack is engaging the services of Grace Home Care. Our care team is fully trained and experienced in a wide variety of services that can improve heart health, such as planning and preparing healthy and balanced meals, providing transportation to medical appointments and procedures, offering encouragement to engage in exercise routines, and so much more. For more information about our top-rated home and respite care in Topeka and the surrounding communities, call us at 708-286-2273 to learn how we can help maintain optimal health and wellbeing for yourself or a senior loved one.