A heart attack can come at any moment, and hospital recovery times vary from a couple of days to more than a week. After a heart attack, it is important to take stock of your daily habits, and prepare to make changes.
Recognize Stress and Emotions
After an event like a heart attack, it is normal to experience anxiety, fear, stress and even depression. Through the recovery process, it is important to keep outside stress to a minimum. Starting new or taking up old hobbies can help reduce stress and keep other negative emotions at bay. If you find that the stress and anxiety continue, you should find a mental health professional to talk with.
Understand Your Medications
Through your recovery, medication dosages can change, and new ones may be added. It’s important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the new medications you’re on, especially understanding side effects. Should any new symptoms/side effects develop, your doctor needs to be notified immediately.
Change Eating Habits
Certain types of foods can clog arteries which can lead to heart attacks. Additionally, there are some foods, such as citrus fruits, that negatively interact with many types of heart related medications. You should include at least one serving of fruits and vegetables at every meal, whole grains daily, and reduce or eliminate unhealthy fats and processed foods to prevent further cardiac issues.
Many think they need to rest constantly after a heart attack. While you will need some rest in the days following a heart attack, exercise is necessary to strengthen your heart. Discuss with your doctor when you can begin an exercise program, and any restrictions that you may have. The rehabilitation and cardiac therapy services at Kingston Healthcare can help your recovery.
Contact us to learn more about cardiac therapies or other rehabilitation services at Kingston.