factors includes medication. If you have been prescribed
medication for risk management, be committed to taking
it exactly as prescribed. Unless used as directed, it
cannot work as expected.
5. GET SUPPORT
People usually have a
spectrum of emotions after
a heart attack, but one of
them is not “No big deal.”
Common feelings include
fear, anxiety, anger,
loneliness — but also hope
for the future as well as
relief at having another
chance. Depression occurs
in about 20 percent of survivors.
Getting emotional support will improve your
recovery. Family support makes a difference, especially
when they help you make better choices. Community
support through churches, synagogues and mosques
may also be available. These connections provide
relationships with others who can help hold you to
account and celebrate your successes with you.
Finding support with peers who have experienced
heart attack may also help. This is one of the many
benefits of completing a cardiac rehabilitation program.
You may also find the AHA’s Support Network helpful.
The Support Network is a valuable and easy-to-use
social media platform designed to support the emotional
needs of survivors and their loved ones.
There have been great advances in cardiac care. Most
people — about 86 percent — who have a heart attack
will survive, so the pertinent question is what will you do
next? Have another “event” or lead an “event-less” life?
About 18 percent of survivors are readmitted. You can
certainly improve your chances of recovery and avoid
readmissions by taking the recommended actions of your
medical team seriously and sticking to them. These five
actions help put you in charge of your recovery.
Editor’s Note: Traci Joyce of Hawaii lost 30 percent of her heart to
a heart attack, but thanks to her diligent attention to these elements of
recovery, she is thriving. Read her story.
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