Out of the 790,000 Americans who have a heart attack every year, over 210,000 are people with a history of heart problems. Many of the people with subsequent heart attacks have known risk factors, which were either controlled or reduced to some extent.
Many lifestyle changes can help people with heart problems and prevent their risk of subsequent heart attacks, eventually making them look and feel better simultaneously.
If you also have heart problems and want to make some lifestyle changes, you must go the S.M.A.R.T. way. When you think you can start, make sure the goals you have set are
The following are the suggested lifestyle changes that you need to adopt in order to make sure your heart is healthy.
- Switch to A Healthy Diet Plan
“A healthy heart remains in a healthy body,” is a famous quote that reminds me of the promise I made years ago to myself. In fact, everyone should make a similar promise to themselves and stick to it.
There is nothing better than a healthy diet if you want to stay healthy and active even in your old age. A healthy lifestyle is the only way to combat cardiovascular disease, and the best way to start is to keep a track of your daily calorie intake.
Thanks to the advent of smartphones, you can easily measure your calorie intake with a fitness app installed on your mobile. There are many fitness apps available on both the App Store and Play Store for both iOS and Android users.
All you have to do is log what you eat along with the exact quantity in that app for an entire day. It’s that simple!
- Keep Moving to Stay Active
The exercises recommended to people with cardiovascular disease are no way less than a miracle. These exercises strengthen all your muscles, including the heart and lower the risk of high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels.
These exercises also help relieve stress and refresh your mood at the same time.
The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or a proportionate combination of both weekly to people with cardiovascular disease.
Start with simple walking, riding a bike, swimming or simply partaking in domestic chores can help improve your health.
However, before starting any physical activity, make sure to consult your doctor to avoid or be aware of the potential risks.
- Establish Your Mind-Body Connection
Your health automatically benefits if you keep a positive attitude toward life. Your risk of heart problems and other lifestyle diseases will diminish by themselves if you have a positive outlook about your life after the treatment.
People after a heart attack start getting emotional about a range of things and often fall into depression and anxiety. Being highly emotional makes it very difficult for them to make new or follow existing habits, which greatly impacts their overall health.
This is why it’s beneficial to discuss your mental state and emotions with a doctor. The same goes for physical health issues.
- Quit Smoking to Stay Healthy and Live Long
You must have read or heard someone saying “smoking is injurious to health.” Well, that’s true.
In fact, smoking adversely affects your response to cardiovascular treatment in many ways. Not only does smoking damage your lungs, heart and blood vessels, but also prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching your heart, and other organs. This should make you clear about the fact that smoking puts your life at risk and often causes a heart attack.
After a heart attack, you should talk to your doctor and make a strong plan to help you quit smoking at the earliest. Also, remember the fact the passive smoking is even more dangerous. So, if your friends or close relatives smoke, make sure you stay away from them while they smoke.
- Gain and Maintain Healthy Weight
You must be aware of the fact that carrying extra weight requires your heart to work harder to relentlessly pump oxygen-rich blood to your organs. This increases your risk of getting a heart attack.
Also, if you have any of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar or all of them at the same time, your life is at a huge risk and anything may happen at any time.
What you need to do is brings some lifestyle changes and introduce a healthy diet and exercise plan to lose extra weight and lower your risk of a heart attack at the same time.
- Monitor Your Blood Sugar and Pressure Regularly
High blood pressure and excessive stress adversely affect your heart’s health and blood vessels at the same time. A balanced combination of regular exercise schedule, a low-sodium diet and healthy weight can help you stay active and live long.
Depending upon your current health condition, your doctor may recommend you to take beta blockers to control your blood pressure. People with a high amount of bad cholesterol are recommended to take statins, as they increase your risk of a heart attack.
- Your Friends and Family can Help You Recover
Recovery for almost any person can be a difficult journey but you don’t have to go alone. Your family and friends can certainly help you walk the difficult road ahead.
If you can meet other heart-attack survivors and joining a local support group can be a great help when it comes to staying healthy and motivated. They organize conferences and often meet these people to motivate them for living with their emotional ups and downs in life.
If you’re willing to start with the above lifestyle changes soon, there is no better time than right now. Start your healthy heart makeover from this very moment and you just need to take the first step ahead. Once you start feeling better, you will want to take many more steps ahead on your way to achieving a healthy heart.