When caring for someone with coronary heart disease, you can help them manage their symptoms by encouraging them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Prepare healthy meals rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber, and low in sodium. Help them to be active; go for a walk together. If they are on medication to control high blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes, be sure they take the medication as prescribed. Understand the warning signs for a heart attack and be prepared to seek help if the person you care for suddenly collapses.
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