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A cardiac event will feel scary but know you aren’t alone. Around 1000 people everyday experience a cardiac event, and sadly those numbers are on the rise.
While you can’t turn back the clock, you can take proactive steps after a cardiac event to boost your overall health and help prevent a repeat episode.
This guide explores some of the main steps you can take when recovering from a severe cardiac episode.
Rest and Recover From the Cardiac Event
You might feel eager to make significant life transformations immediately after a frightening cardiac event.
However, your body right now needs to recover. Take time off work and rest. Don’t rush things. If you feel unwell, take extra time off work and try to offload household tasks to friends and family.
Continue to monitor your heart during your recovery using a recommended monitoring device. Visit myrhythmdevice.org for more guidance.
Create an Exercise Plan
Don’t overdo it with exercise, but do create a long-term exercise regime with your goal of staying healthy. Exercise helps lower your blood pressure and reduce your stress levels.
Go for gentle walks to begin, and keep to flat surfaces.
Hilly walking will increase your heart rate and leave you out of breath, and while that might be good cardio exercise, it’s best to take precautions after suffering from a cardiac event.
If you plan on joining a gym, try exercise classes that are low impact, such as swimming, yoga, pilates, or walking on the treadmill.
Above all else, if you want to improve your health with exercise, it’s good to find something you enjoy, so try different things until you discover your favorite physical activity.
It’s also worth getting some support or advice from a personal trainer. A trainer will be able to instruct you on a safe way to exercise, including proper warm-ups and stretching routines.
If you can’t afford a personal trainer, head to youtube for some relevant fitness guides.
Try the Mediterranean Diet
A heart-healthy diet is essential to help strengthen you after a heart attack. And out of all the diets on the market, the Mediterranean is the one most favored by cardiologists.
The Mediterranean diet includes generous servings of olive oil, oily fish (like mackerel), dairy, eggs, colorful fruit and vegetables, and a small amount of meat. It means cooking from scratch using unprocessed ingredients.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Lowering your stress levels will help you avoid a spike in blood pressure, so this should be part of your long-term health plan.
Aim to include some relaxing activities into your daily routine, and switch off from work (and phones) as much as you can.
Explore nature by relaxing outdoors or going on local walks to forests or beaches. And ensure you get ample sleep, at least eight uninterrupted hours every night.
Put Your Health First
The typical demands of the modern world mean we are never far away from someone or something to prioritize. But a cardiac event is a severe health issue. Always put yourself first when repairing your health during recovery.
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