Skip to main content

How to Care for a Loved One After a Heart Attack

How to Care for a Loved One After a Heart Attack

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 805,000 adults in the U.S. have a heart attack each year. That’s about one person every 40 seconds. Fortunately, most people survive their first heart attack, and sticking with treatment guidelines during recovery can help you live a long and active life afterward.

Our team at Premier Cardiology Consultants provides the highest quality comprehensive care to New Yorkers from state-of-the-art facilities in Queens, New Hyde Park, Jamaica, and Forest Hills. Here’s what these heart specialists want you to know about heart attack recovery and how you can help.   

Heart attack recovery

The recovery time from a heart attack can vary depending on several factors, such as the severity of the heart attack, your loved one’s age and overall health, and the type of treatment received. Generally, it can take several weeks to months to recover fully from a heart attack.

In the first few days after a heart attack, the individual may need to stay in the hospital to receive treatment and monitor their condition. After leaving the hospital, the individual may need to make lifestyle changes such as a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise, and medications to prevent further heart damage and reduce the risk of future heart attacks.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs also help with the process by providing education, counseling, and exercise programs tailored to the individual's needs. These programs may last several weeks to several months.

You and your loved one must work closely with your Premier Cardiology Consultants specialist to create a personalized recovery plan and follow it consistently to achieve the best possible outcome.

Tips for helping your loved one recover after a heart attack

Caring for a loved one after a heart attack can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Here are some tips to help you provide the best care:

1. Ensure they receive medical treatment

The first thing to do is to ensure that your loved one receives prompt medical attention after a heart attack. This will help them recover faster and reduce the risk of future heart attacks.

2. Follow instructions carefully

Once your loved one is discharged from the hospital, follow their specialist’s instructions regarding medications, diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Expect our team to provide detailed recovery instructions. We also welcome questions regarding symptoms, medications, activities, etc. 

3. Encourage a healthy lifestyle

Help your loved one adopt a healthy lifestyle by encouraging them to quit smoking, reduce alcohol intake, eat a heart-healthy diet, and engage in regular physical activity.

Consider joining your loved one in these heart-healthy strategies to offer hands-on support while improving your own cardiac health.

4. Monitor their progress

Keep track of your loved one's progress and watch for warning signs, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness. If you or your loved one notice concerning symptoms, encourage your loved one to contact their specialist at Premier Cardiology Consultants immediately or call for emergency medical care if necessary.

5. Provide emotional support

A heart attack can be a traumatic experience, and your loved one may feel anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed. Offer emotional support and encouragement, and consider seeking professional counseling if needed.

6. Help with daily activities

Your loved one may need help with daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, or running errands while they recover. Be patient and offer to lend a hand whenever needed.

7. Take care of yourself

Caring for a loved one after a heart attack can be physically and emotionally draining. Be sure to take care of yourself by getting enough rest, eating healthy, and seeking support from family and friends.

Schedule an evaluation at Premier Cardiology Consultants today for all your cardiac needs. Call the office or request an appointment online.


You Might Also Enjoy...

What Happens Before, During, and After a MUGA Scan

You will need an injection, but a MUGA scan is an otherwise painless study that provides invaluable information about your heart health. Read what happens before, during, and after the scan and why your specialist may suggest one.

How Heart Attack Symptoms Are Different in Women Than Men

Research isn’t yet clear why, but it’s become increasingly evident in recent years that women can have different symptoms than men when experiencing a heart attack. Check these facts about heart attack symptoms and gender-specific variations.

When to Worry About Shortness of Breath After Exercise

You probably expect to breathe harder when starting a new exercise routine or taking your workout to the next level. But should a leisurely stroll make it hard to breathe? Check these facts about when to see the doctor for shortness of breath.

Do Foods Play a Role in High LDL Cholesterol?

Some foods can play a pivotal role in elevating your LDL cholesterol. However, many foods help lower your levels. Our team separates fact from fiction regarding cholesterol and lowering LDL with healthy fats and fiber.

5 Common Causes of Chest Pain and What to do About It

The rules about chest pain are pretty clear: don’t panic, don’t ignore it, and call the doctor. But, how quickly you reach out for medical help depends on the nature of your pain. Read what our team recommends for five common causes of chest pain.

Benefits of a Defibrillator After a Cardiac Arrest

Hopefully, you’ll never need one, but a defibrillator can save your life if you’re at risk of a sudden cardiac arrest. Learn which heart problems may respond to a defibrillator, when your specialist may recommend one, and what types are available.