According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 735,000 American will suffer from a heart attack this year. And of those, 525,000 will be their first time, which when you do the math adds up to a whole lot of people not knowing what to do after such a traumatic experience.
Having a heart attack can be a life changing event, so you shouldn’t be surprised things to change afterward. Among those is you can expect to treatment to continue for long after the actual event occurred. While this can be exhausting and taxing, fortunately, there are a few things you can do and a few steps you can take to improve your outlook and hopefully avoid any further complications.
Expect Immediate Attention and Anxiety
Upon arrival at the hospital, you will likely see an array of doctors monitoring you and administering medication. While this can be overwhelming, it is often best just to let them do their job and take care of you.
We know that you’ll likely have a lot of question and be feeling quite anxious, however, those will all be addressed once the doctors are confident that you are stable.
Read Your Discharge Papers – Then Read Them Again
While you may be feeling anxious to get out of the hospital, you need to understand that the bulk of your care will be taking place at home, which is why not only reading but understanding, your discharge papers are so critical. If you have any question, be sure to sit down with your nurse or doctor to review.
Treatment options are numerous in many cases when it comes to a heart attack, however, it can be a confusing road to navigate, especially after experiencing such a traumatic ordeal. We suggest speaking with a hospital social worker or patient coordinator who can discuss options such as cardiac rehab, as well as direct you to local programs, both in the hospital and at third party outpatient facilities.
Get a Cardiologist
We get it, you may feel as though you have had your fill of doctors, however, when thinking learn term recovery, a cardiologist is a must. Your body will be going through a lot of changes after a heart attack and you’ll need a cardiologist to help manage your medication.
Diet and Exercise
We don’t want to point fingers, however, there is a good chance that if you experienced a heart attack, these two things were not something you practiced on the regular. However, even if you were a fit, active and healthy person prior to, it is paramount to keep maintain some semblance of activity. Not only will this leave you feeling better, but it will also speed up your recovery and set you on a path that should hopefully be free of cardiac troubles.