Discharge Instructions for a Heart Attack

by birtanpublished on September 25, 2020

you this video will help you understand a heart attack and how to manage it please watch the entire video to learn how to manage your recovery if you have been

Hospitalized with a heart attack it's important to recover properly when you return home a heart attack also called a myocardial infarction or MI occurs when blood flow to an area of your heart is greatly reduced when the blood supply is

Not able to keep up with the demand the heart muscle cells don't get enough blood to stay alive the result is death of heart muscle cells in the affected area of the heart the goals after a heart attack are to

Keep your heart healthy and avoid another heart attack recovery takes time and the amount is different for each patient it depends upon how much of your heart muscle is damaged and your individual rate of

Recovery you may also have had a procedure this may also affect your recovery time you can lower your risk of having another heart attack by taking these steps follow your doctor's instructions make some lifestyle changes

And know when to seek medical attention following the instructions of your doctor and healthcare team is very important to your recovery this includes taking your medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor don't stop

Taking your medications or skip doses take note of any side-effects and tell your doctor don't take any over-the-counter medication or supplement without first consulting your doctor

Tell your doctor about any other prescriptions you're taking some medications can prevent your heart medicine from working it's important that your recovery is monitored keep all of your follow-up

Appointments have exams done as directed by your doctor for example if your doctor has told you to check your blood pressure regularly do as directed lowering your risk of another heart attack usually requires some lifestyle

Changes limit your salt and sodium intake by doing the following don't add salt when you cook or – food at the table avoid processed and fast foods compare food labels and choose the items that are

Lower in salt and sodium heart-healthy diet including low fat low cholesterol and high-fiber foods a heart healthy diet helps you maintain or achieve a good blood pressure and weight it also helps prevent other

Conditions that may further stress your heart limit your alcohol intake ask your doctor if it's safe to include any alcohol in your diet maintain a healthy weight

Don't smoke avoid all tobacco products and secondhand smoke nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure at the same time it decreases the amount of oxygen rich blood delivered to your body's tissues allow yourself time to

Heal by taking it easy for the first four weeks getting a good night's sleep resting in the afternoon avoiding heavy lifting and gradually increasing your physical

Activity ask your doctor when you can resume driving sexual activity and return to work for weeks after your heart attack you will begin cardiac rehab which includes

A closely monitored exercise regimen after completing the cardiac rehab program continue with regular exercise through daily activities such as light yard and housework other good exercise options with your

Doctor's approval are walking swimming and bicycling as you exercise keep these precautions in mind rest as needed stop if you feel chest pain or have shortness of breath and don't exercise when temperatures are very hot or very cold

Stress can affect your blood pressure and your ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle identifying the causes of your stress and learning to eliminate or manage them can help with your recovery you may feel depressed discuss these

Feelings with your doctor he or she can prescribe medicine counseling or a support group to help you adjust it is important to stay aware of changes in your symptoms and know when to get help if your hospital stay included a

Procedure with an incision check the site each day for any signs of infection call your doctor if you develop a fever or redness heat pain tenderness puss or bleeding at the incision site be mindful of any symptoms of chest pain

Pressure tightness heaviness ache or any other kind of unusual sensation in your chest as any of these could mean you have a blockage in the blood vessels of the heart symptoms related to blockage in the blood vessels of the heart are

Called angina and could be any one of these symptoms angina symptoms may also be felt in your arms shoulders neck jaw throat or back

Call your doctor if you think you're experiencing angina call 911 a of these symptoms angina that doesn't go away with medication as prescribed by your doctor shortness of breath cold sweats nausea

Vomiting or lightheadedness

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