It is very unfortunate to have had a heart attack. It is a very painful and a near death experience that can really push you to re-evaluate your lifestyle choices. A heart attack is medically termed a myocardial infarction. This means that there is an obstruction of blood flow to a part of the heart muscle causing that area to die eventually.
If the obstruction lasts long enough, the heart can stop working, leading to the death of the patient. Once you get a heart attack, you are at a risk of developing another one if you are not managed properly. The process of recovery from a heart attack calls you to be compliant with medication and make lifestyle changes.
There is Power in Knowledge
In order to take control of your health after the scare of a heart attack, it is important that you make yourself aware of why this has happened to you and what you can do to prevent it from happening again. Your doctor will explain this to you. He will also explain the importance of being compliant with the medication that has been prescribed for you. You must do your own research too.
You will be able to learn from reading many articles and books that eating a healthy diet, rich in fiber, vegetables and fruits but low in saturated fats, salt and sugar will be helpful. Also, smoking and excessive alcohol intake should be stopped. If continued to do these things, your condition will deteriorate further and you will have very low quality of life. This will negatively impact you and your family.
Becoming Active when the Time is Right
Physical exertion is not recommended right away after recovering from a heart attack. But eventually it should be slowly and steadily introduced into your daily routine. Especially if the patient is obese, it is recommended to join weight loss camps. But these health conditions must be specifically mentioned at such programs so that the professionals could individualize the program to your health.
It is said that regular physical activity, that raises the heart rate for some time will help restore the cardiac health of an individual to a large extent. When exercise is consistent, it will also increase the basal metabolic rate of an individual which in turn helps maintain weight at a normal healthy range.
Managing Stress Levels
Having continuous high stress levels is very bad for health. It stimulates a hormone called cortical to be produced in excess in the body. This hormone is responsible for triggering conditions like diabetes mellitus and also leads to obesity. Both of these conditions in turn can increase your risk of developing a heart attack again.
Therefore, it is very important that we learn to manage stress effectively and efficiently. Mindfulness should be practiced in all the activities that we perform. When we get up in the morning, we can meditate to start the day. Getting a good night’s rest of at least 6 hours is also helpful.