What lifestyles changes should I make after a heart attack?
Cardiovascular specialist Dr. Merle Myerson discusses the lifestyle changes you should implement after having a heart attack. Watch Dr. Myerson's video for important tips and information about heart health.
Consider going to a nutritionist to review your diet and what you can do to have a more heart-healthy diet.
After a heart attack, we still want to work to prevent you from having another heart attack. That's called secondary prevention
and it really is just as important as primary prevention. So what should you do after you've had a heart attack?
You will be on medication specific for your heart, but there are other lifestyle things to do as well.
Now one very important activity would be cardiac rehabilitation. Your insurance most likely will cover this
and it generally involves going for about 12 weeks, three sessions a week. So if your health care provider has not
made arrangements for cardiac rehabilitation, ask him or her to call around and see where it's available in your area.
Other things you can do-- start a walking program yourself. Look at your diet. Consider going to a nutritionist to review your diet
and what you can do to have a more heart-healthy diet. Some people find that it's important to reduce
the stress in their life, although we don't have as much good research telling us about this. But certainly consider if your job is too stressful,
or other life circumstances are. You may want to work with a professional to see how you can reduce the stress in your life.
So all of these things are important to do after you've had a heart attack and help you to recover and get
heart healthy. [AUDIO LOGO]
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