Tips For Recovering from a Heart Attack
I suffered a stress related heart attack in the fall of 2012. The doctors have said I have made a good recovery, here are some of my tips.
A nurse told me that from the time we are young plaque builds up in our arteries. I was told that stress helps contribute to this build up of plaque. Of course some stress is normal, but some people take on too much stress in their life, or allow stress to take over.
People have to learn how to "let go" of little things. As a young boy I remember feeling stressed. My family, and mom in particular, were very religious and the fear of hell was very real to me even as a child. As such I learned to live with stress in my life and somehow it became part of me, although it was also killing me.
Reduce stress and be healthy.
Make Diet Changes
I have a very good diet in general as I do not over eat (obesity and over eating are often linked to having a heart attack), but I was eating too much salt because I enjoy potato chips.
People who have had a heart attack should cut back on salt, fat, red meat, and meats in general. Having a healthy diet is important to heart health - this includes eating more fruit and vegetables.
I sometimes even missed meals, I would be too busy doing something and would forget to eat. This is not healthy. Regular small meals are best.
I get a good amount of exercise at work, and around the farm, but some people do not get enough.
A regular walk of at least a mile per day can be beneficial to heart health. If a person is not use to walking they can start slow, and build up over time.
I would say a walk in the park or country would be best, but even a walk around a quiet neighborhood can be good for heart health too.
Getting a proper amount of sleep is also good for people who are recovering from a heart attack. For most adults this is 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
It is important not to become lazy out of fear of another heart attack. Resting too much is often unhealthy and a person who rests too much because of a heart attack (unless under doctor's orders to rest) is often called a cardiac cripple because they are scared to do anything.
Of course it must be mentioned that working with your doctor and taking proper medication is important to a heart attack recovery process.
I have a few pills I have to take, some I will be able to go off of in a year. Others I may have to continue.