Recovering From a Heart Attack

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RECOVERING FROM A HEART ATTACK

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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of a heart attack. Other forms of treatment include medications to help improve blood flow to the heart, prevent clotting and reduce the risk of having another heart attack.


After a heart attack, people generally have a mixture of feelings: fear, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness. Many times, lifestyle changes are necessary to prevent more heart problems. Cardiac rehabilitation may be recommended following hospitalization for a heart attack. This rehab consists of a medically supervised program designed to help improve cardiovascular health. Cardiac rehab is meant to be a positive, constructive experience that helps you recover. It focuses on taking good care of yourself, managing risk factors, getting physically active and reducing stress. It also helps you understand your heart condition and manage your medications. Cardiac rehab presents a team you can work with to help you take charge of the choices, lifestyle and habits that affect your heart. Other actions that will contribute to a heart- healthy lifestyle include stopping smoking, following a heart-healthy diet low in fat and cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and seeing your doctor regularly. Be prepared to take an active role in your rehab.

What happens now?


That is a question you could ask after surviving a heart attack.


How do you take care of yourself afterwards so that there is no repeat?


According to Family Doctor (www.familydoctor.org), a heart attack happens when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it does not receive enough oxygen. The blood in the coronary arteries carries oxygen to the heart muscle. Most heart attacks occur when a blockage slows down or stops the flow of blood through these arteries.


The most common symptom of a heart attack is pain in the chest, neck, arms, upper back and abdomen. Sometimes women’s symptoms are different so women should pay particular attention to symptoms such as sweating, fatigue and dizziness.


If you think you are or someone with you is suffering a heart attack, the first thing to do is call 911. Time is of the utmost importance in getting treatment and saving a life. Following the call, take a baby aspirin.


A heart attack can be treated when diagnosed early. Treatment includes procedures to allow blood to flow more easily in the coronary arteries. This is accomplished through bypass surgery, in which a bypass around the blocked artery is created by inserting a stent – a tiny balloon – into the artery to open it. These procedures may prevent a reoccurrence