• Tips to a Healthy Heart

    It is important to exercise for about 30 minutes daily to increase your heart rate

  • Your Emotional Health After a Heart Attack

    You may be a little emotional after you have had an heart attack, you may

  • Early warning symptoms

    People who experience pain in the centre of the chest which lasts more than a few minutes , and then

  • Healthy Living after a Heart attack

    The person starts his recovery to healthy life, Read More

  • Beyond Advanced
    Cardiac Care

  • Beyond Advanced
    Cardiac Care

  • Beyond Advanced
    Cardiac Care

  • Beyond Advanced
    Cardiac Care

  • Beyond Advanced
    Cardiac Care

  • Beyond Advanced
    Cardiac Care

Heart Disease Overview

Overview

The signs and symptoms vary from person to person,and most people are unaware if at that moment they are experiencing a heart attack, we must make ourselves more aware of the signs & symptoms of a heart attack, so that we can act accordingly. Most heart attacks start slowly. While the person experiences, different signs & symptoms , like chest pain or pressure which is the most common sign of a heart attack. Some heart attacks can be sudden an intense known as a "movie heart attack", where no one doubts exactly what is happening. Most commonly people who experience pain, or discomfort at that moment are bewildered as to what is actually what is happening. Here are some of the symptoms & signs that you need to be aware of.

Heart Attack Warning Signs:

  • Chest Discomfort

    People who experience pain in the centre of the chest which lasts more than a few minutes , and then goes away and comes back, after sometime, this pain is very uncomfortable, and feels like squeezing, and tightness in the chest., which the person experiences fullness of pain.

  • Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body

    Discomfort in one or both arms,the back,neck jaw or stomach, including pain.

  • Shortness of Breath

    Shortness of breath comes with chest discomfort, it can happen before the chest pain.

  • Other Signs

    Light-headedness,, cold sweat, nausea

Healthy Living after a Heart attack

Recovery Starts in the Hospital
  • The person starts his recovery to healthy life, at the hospital. It usually takes about 3 days to a week after the person has had a heart attack, if there are any complications associated with the surgery, such as a bypass, it is most likely that the physician will keep you longer, until your condition is stable.
  • It is very important, to take your medication as prescribed by the heart physician, and the fixed routine that the doctor sets for you to take you meds, the doctor will brief you on your meds and the dosage that you need to take, as these meds will help & treat you to control the symptoms (such as chest pain) and other high factors that contribute as blood pressure or elevated cholesterol) which is associated with the heart attack.
  • Make sure you know the names of your medication& when to take them.
  • Ask your doctor about the possible side effects.
  • Find out from your doctor what each medication is for
  • Keep a list of medications, in case of an emergency
Your Emotional Health After a Heart Attack

You may be a little emotional after you have had an heart attack, you may experience, fear,depression,anxiety and denial. Usually these feelings are common and last for about two to six months,they can also affect the ability to exercise, and interfere with your day to day work, and sometimes have an negative impact on your recovery.

Cardiac Rehab
  • A person can also join a rehabilitation program which is associated with the hospital. The doctor can refer you to the cardiac rehabilitation program, where you can experience several benefits.
  • The program helps to speed up the recovery
  • They will also show you ways that can help to live a healthy life style.
  • There will be activities that help you to improve the way your heart functions and reduces the heart rate.
  • You will be adequate, once you have completed the program in the rehab and also reduce the risks of developing complications or dying of a heart disease.
Most cardiac rehab programs consist of three parts:
  • Exercise specialist to teach you exercise.
  • Teach you risk factors of heart disease & ways to reduce this risks
  • Teach you how to deal with stress,anxiety & depression
Making Changes to Reduce Heart Risk
Changes to reduce heart disease
  • Stop smoking.
  • Treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Manage diabetes and obesity.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet.
  • Become more active.

General Post-Operative Instructions

  • Most patients need to know what are the precautions that need to be taken after a heart surgery.
  • The patient would need to avoid lifting anything that is heavy,or even trying to pull or push with the arms , as the breast bone (sternum) is still healing. The breastbone usually takes up to 6-8 weeks to heal
  • The patient is permitted to use a tub to bathe, till about 4-6 weeks till the incision heals. While taking a bath, the patient is advised by the surgeon to use mild,tepid water and not to use any harsh scrub or soap on the incision till it heals. No creams or lotions are to be used near the incision or on the incision till it heals.
  • Avoid exertion, by driving a car for about 4-6 weeks. In due course after the surgery you will feel weak, fatigue/due to the medication taken, so it is best not to drive a car you wouldn't want to injure yourself by hitting the steering wheel, and causing more complications. When driving for long distances take a break every 1-2 hours to stretch your legs, this will improve blood circulation in your legs and help prevent swelling.
  • Avoid crossing your legs while lying down/or sitting as this reduces the flow of blood under your knees. If your legs swell up raise your legs by putting it on the chair.
  • Try and get as much sleep as possible, even if it is more than normal, after your surgery. If you need to stay up late into the night, see that you rest in the afternoon.
  • Avoid any kind of strain even while your are easing yourself/(bowels) pulling pushing heavy objects, with your arms over your head, this strain could elevate the blood pressure, and a strain on the heart.
  • If you are an active person , then you need to space out your activities so that you do not get to fatigued. Do not over exert your self.
  • Rest is very essential during the first few weeks, also wear casual clothes. You can climb stairs, however do not exert yourself by pulling your self up by the hand railing.
  • If your feet are swollen use the stockings at least one a day and , remove them at night. Use the stockings for at least two weeks, after your discharged , so that the swelling on the ankles will be reduced,and helps also in the normal flow of blood circulation.
  • Due to the surgery, there may be a visible lump at the top of your chest where the incision is made, this make take about several weeks to disappear.
  • Due to the incision made on the sternum, most patients experience discomfort, this would gradually decrease in time to come, but could increase where there is a change in the weather conditions, or if you exert yourself. Make sure that you take the pain meds.
  • Educate yourself to know the difference from incision discomfort and chest pain (angina), Contact your doctor if you experience chest pain.
  • Monitor your temperature everyday for about a week, after your are discharged from the hospital, if the temperature is about 100 degrees F for more than a day.
  • You also need to check your weight every morning, for the first two weeks, if there is a certain change in weight gain notify your doctor.
  • Try an avoid being stressed and anxious, as your heart works harder.
  • Your diet and meds prescribed by the physician are according to your condition,do not compare it with another person who went through heart surgery.
  • When you are travelling keep make sure that you take all your medication with you .

TIPS TO A HEALTHY HEART

  1. It is important to exercise for about 30 minutes daily to increase your heart rate, walking ,climbing stairs,orbital exercise machine,treadmill
  2. A vigorous exercise like swimming,jogging,yoga, which helps to exercise your heart muscle.
  3. Do a brisk walk, either in the evening/morning according to the time you have, walk at least for 10 minutes a day. Try to climb the stairs if you are staying in an apartment. Do household chores, like mowing the lawn and vacuum your house, talk your pet animal for a walk if you have one.
  4. For people who are older aged above 65 years with chronic heart conditions, and not easily mobile you need equal amount of exercise as young people. Follow the doctor's advise
  5. With exercise it, helps increase your stamina , target areas where the muscle-tone is needed and don't forget the other muscle groups.
  6. If you are young and your main activity is sports, then you need to get back in to shape. Rigorous training to keep in shape
  7. Practices all kinds of balance techniques which are used frequently in yoga or more simpler forms of exercises,such as walking heal-to-toe, standing on one foot, or standing up & sitting down without using the support of your hands.
  8. Do stretching exercises at least twice a week helps with flexibility, at least 10 minutes a day.