Living Life After a Heart Attack
Heart attack recovery is something that should not be taken lightly. Even though you may feel fine, it is very important not to rush through the rehabilitation process. At Brookhaven Heart, our healthcare professionals are fully committed to providing you with the support and care you need to achieve a full recovery.
Delicate Emotional State
It is not uncommon for a person to feel depressed, angry, fearful or moody after a heart attack. These feelings can last anywhere from two to six months after your attack, and may feel more intense if you experience any pain during your recovery. It is important for you to continue to face each moment of each day with a positive outlook, so that any negative feelings you have do not interfere with your recovery. If you find that you are unable to eat, sleep or relax, do not be afraid to ask for help.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
The foods you eat can help to prevent future heart attacks. Incorporate more vegetables, grains and legumes into your diet. Watch your protein intake and make sure that it is not all coming from one source. Pay attention to your calories and choose them wisely. Reduce the amount of cholesterol that is in your diet.
Increase Physical Activity
In addition to changing your diet, you need to become more active. A sedentary lifestyle will only increase your chances for a future attack. Do not engage in any strenuous activity immediately after your heart attack, instead start with light forms of activity, such as short walks, and work your way up to a higher activity level as you progress through recovery. A structured exercise program through cardiac rehabilitation may be right for you. Our cardiologists can give you guidance on this.
Having a heart attack is not the end of the world. You can still go on to live a happy and productive life. Call Brookhaven Heart at 631-654-3278 if you have any questions, concerns, or are in need of some additional support.