After a life-threatening event such as a heart attack, returning to everyday life isn’t always as simple as checking out of the hospital and watching your health. We here at the Memorial Hospital Heart & Chest Pain Center treat over 10,000 patients annually, and our staff of experienced professionals is here to help you cope with both the short-term and long-term effects of a heart attack. Read on for advice about the recovery process following a heart attack:
Initial Recovery and Returning Home
The initial heart attack recovery period can prove overwhelming as you cope with feelings of stress, shock, and irritation. Rest is essential for a good recovery, but between concerned family members, medical tests, and medications, this can be more difficult than it seems. However, it is important to stay aware that friends and family members are only acting out of concern and that your healthcare providers are doing everything at their disposal to assist your recovery.
Dealing With Depression/Anxiety
Chest pain is not uncommon following a heart attack, and it may become more pronounced during times of high emotion or physical exertion. Although this symptom generally subsides over time, even the slightest pain can prompt feelings of depression, panic, or anxiety about the possibility of a second heart attack or death. Depression and stress can have a significant impact on cardiovascular health, and seeking the help of trusted family members and healthcare professionals is crucial for a timely recovery.
Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and a diverse, heart-healthy diet that is low in LDL cholesterol, sodium, and trans fats can reduce the risk of another heart attack. Smoking is also a major risk factor for heart disease; in fact, it doubles the risk of a second heart attack.
Memorial Hospital is a Certified Chest Pain Center that uses state-of-the-art medical technology and surgical techniques to provide superior heart care. To learn more about our cardiovascular treatments in northeast Florida, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (904) 586-3606 today.