Did you know it takes on average six to eight weeks for the heart muscle to heal following an injury. The heart sustains injury during a heart attack or open heart surgery. During this time the heart is very vulnerable to overexertion, medications, stress, blood pressure, dietary effects of sodium, alcohol and caffeine. If the heart muscle sustained damage from lack of blood flow the heart “remodels” itself and the injured area becomes scar tissue, which isn’t flexible as the natural muscle and can effect the pumping ability. To maximize healing it is important to follow your physicians recommendations including taking medications and exercise.
To care for your heart you must understand what medications you should be on including how and why to take them. You must understand what are your personal risk factors that contributed to your heart disease and which ones you can modify. Risk factors include your cholesterol numbers, weight, blood pressure, diet, stress, family history, diabetes, blood clotting disorders, tobacco use and exercise habits.
If you have been discharged from the hospital following open heart surgery, a heart attack, angioplasty or stents chances are you were told to attend a cardiac rehabilitation program. There are many wonderful programs out there however it isn’t always possible or convenient for people. Many time the cost to attend is prohibitive, the travel and lost work time are also barriers. Much of the education and rehabilitation can be done on your own in the convenience of your own home. Through this blog I can help direct you in your return to an active and healthy life.
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