Tips For Recovering from a Heart Attack

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 3rd Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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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.

Reduce Stress

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.

Proper Exercise

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.

Proper Sleep

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.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

I guess that too much stress, lack of exercise and burning the candle at both ends are a part of the plague of modern life.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

am proud of you Mark that you are taking care of yourself...we need and want you around for sure...take good care...oh and love the pic...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

you look great and well Mark- and I am sure you are always busy with lots to do on your farm and that must be the very best way to work off stress...thanks great advice shared..take good care, thank you Mark...

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author avatar Grumpybear
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

It does make a difference. The tips about heart health. I will try to do what you are doing and maybe not have one hopefully....but I do have panic attacks. Had one yesterday. BTW I like this pic. makes me want to live on a farm too. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark for this useful share. City life becomes stressful but there is migration to cities from rural areas everywhere. Then the lot of those in sedentary work for hours. Needless worry should be eschewed. Why worry but do nothing to resolve the issues? siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Jul 2013 (#)

Good advice, Mark. Thanks for sharing. I loved the pictures of the lambs. So cute. I'm glad to hear you're doing well. Keep up the good work.

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author avatar Buzz
4th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for the tips, Mark!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Jul 2013 (#)

Stress is a real problem for a lot of people. It's usually helpful if we can talk about it with someone. As you say walking is good exercise and very helpful.

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author avatar Mariah
5th Jul 2013 (#)

It's as they say, a little bit of what you enjoy does you good, physically and mentally.
A sensible attitude, good diet and fresh air, as you're doing, is the key to continued good health.
Well Done

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author avatar Trillionaire
5th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you for this great information.

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author avatar Souvik
18th Jul 2013 (#)

Good article, Mark. Getting rid of red meat is a good suggestion. Too much of butter, ghee and cheese which add fat can be avoided.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark we take most of the bad habits for granted and we get into bad habits. The insight on diets and the amount of sleep needed gave me a jolt. When I go to bed early I wake up early it's really hard to get a solid eight hours.

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author avatar vandana7
12th May 2014 (#)

I agree. Modern day stress is simply too much for most people to handle.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Good article Mark. I had a heart attack 10 years ago and do all of what you say here, especially the good diet. Also, I quit smoking as that is a big factor in shrinking arteries and causing another heart attack.

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