Heart disease is serious. If a person has been diagnosed with any type of heart disease or recently suffered a heart attack, whether it was mild, moderate, or severe, it can change their life. A person in their 70s or 80s who is suddenly dealing with heart disease will likely have been hospitalized recently. They may have been discharged and sent home, but the doctor probably gave them a number of instructions on how to improve their health, quality of life, and increase the chances of making a good recovery.
Some seniors feel as though they lost control of their life.
When a person had a heart attack or has been diagnosed with heart disease, it can change their entire perspective. It can change how they view every aspect of their life.
They suddenly feel as though the heart disease itself is what now controls their life.
It doesn’t have to. The senior can take control of his or her life and not have to live in fear every single day. The first step is to make sure they are following their doctor’s instructions properly. If they have any questions or don’t understand something, they should be encouraged to call the doctor and ask him or her directly. Clarification could be essential to the recovery process.
Second, they need to exercise.
If the doctor has recommended exercise, they should take that seriously. This doesn’t mean just walking up and down the stairs once or twice a day. Exercise that most doctors will recommend for heart attack patients involves at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. This is what helps to strengthen the muscles in the body, including the heart.
Since the heart is a muscle the only way for it to get stronger is through exercise. When a senior takes charge and takes control of their life, when they exercise as recommended by their doctor, it can increase the chances of recovery and avoiding a return trip to the hospital too soon. Keep in mind, though, that the senior should always consult his or her doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen or physical activity. They need to make sure it is safe for them to do so.
Finally, they should focus on their diet.
Most likely their doctor has told them the types of foods that could be beneficial or harmful. Changing their diet can be difficult, especially when a person is in their 70s, 80s, or 90s, but it could be essential to the recovery process. By focusing on these things, seniors can take control of their life, steeling it back from the heart issues that may have landed them in the hospital recently.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Princeton Junction, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
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