Life After a Heart Attack
You can go on living a full, active life after a heart attack. You’ll make healthy changes. You’ll be aware of a few limitations and effects of medications. But mostly, you’ll feel great because you’ll be a healthier, happier you after making that commitment to your heart.
Having a Stronger Heart
Keys to a stronger heart:
- Stop smoking. It’s the best thing you can do for you. You’ll feel better mentally and physically. You’ll breathe easier. Your “smoker’s cough” will disappear. You’ll feel more energetic. Food will taste and smell better. You’ll save money.
- Eat healthy. Low-salt, low in “bad fats,” high in “good fats,” low in cholesterol. Load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. Limit red meat. Eat fish and skinless poultry. Bake, broil, poach, and grill. Use healthy oils like canola, olive, or soybean. Cook at home instead of eating out or eating packaged foods.
- Keep a normal blood pressure. You’ll lessen the strain on your heart and minimize the risk for future heart attacks. Eat a low-sodium diet. Exercise daily. Take medication prescribed by your doctor.
- Be active. Any activity benefits your heart. It increases blood circulation, improves your energy, and helps you manage stress and control your weight.
- Take your heart medication. This means taking the correct dose at the right time. Carry an up-to-date list of your medications with you, which includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and ones that are over-the-counter. Plan each dose around a part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth. Tape a reminder note where you’ll see it. Set an alarm on your watch or phone. Keep a medication checklist to mark off as you take your medicine, or use a pill box to organize your pills.
We’ve got the support you need, and you’ll find people and ways to make the changes you need to make for you and your heart.
The life you’ll lead will be well worth it.