A heart attack is a life changing event—or at least it should be. Surviving a heart attack increases a person’s risk for having a second heart attack. When an aging relative has a heart attack, it should be seen as a warning and a wake-up call indicating that it’s time to make some changes to prevent another. Fortunately, there are several things that can be done to improve heart health. Here are some tips for preventing a second heart attack.
After a heart attack, your aging relative is likely to be on medications to treat the problem that caused the first heart attack. Medications might include aspirin, statins, and beta blockers, and ACE inhibitors. Make sure the senior understands the medications they are taking, how to take them, and their importance. An elder care provider can help ensure they use medications as directed by reminding the older adult when it’s time to take them and monitoring them to make sure they aren’t taking too much or too little.
Go to Cardiac Rehab
Your senior family member will probably be sent to a cardiac rehab program to help them regain heart health. Not only does the program help them recover, it will also teach them how to take care of the underlying heart problem, and any other health problems that can affect heart health. Cardiac programs are supervised by medical professionals and tailored to the needs of the individual. An elder care provider can help the senior to keep track of upcoming rehab appointments. If the older adult is unable to drive, an elder care provider can drive them to the medical facility for rehab.
Make Dietary Changes
One of the things that can lead to a heart attack is an unhealthy diet. The doctor may have your aging relative work with a dietician to change the way they eat. A heart-healthy diet is one that is low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. It includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. An elder care provider can cook meals that follow the dietitian’s recommendations.
Don’t Skip Follow-Up Appointments
Follow-up appointments with the doctor are important because they help the doctor to keep an eye on the senior’s recovery and address any problems as they occur. To get the most out of doctor appointments, it can be helpful to write down any questions ahead of time, so they aren’t forgotten. There may be several appointments post-heart attack. If you need help getting your aging relative to all of their appointments, an elder care provider can drive them.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN PLANO, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.