With guidance from your doctor, here are some steps for you to take after your heart attack, whether you’re in the hospital or at home.
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Here are some tips, videos, and web resources to help you with the changes you want to make after your heart attack, like “Eating a healthy diet”, once cleared by your doctor, start “Exercising for a healthy lifestyle” and “Managing stress.”
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Eat 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day. Vegetable and fruit juices labeled “100%” count as one of those servings.
Use liquid vegetable oils such as olive, canola, safflower, or corn oil. Use a limited amount when cooking. Avoid trans fats or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Whole grain foods are rich in fiber and low in saturated fat. Pick whole wheat or whole rye bread over white bread. And choose brown rice over white rice. Try to only eat whole grain cereals.
These protein foods generally have less saturated fat and cholesterol than meats such as beef, lamb, or pork.
The American Heart Association has more tips on healthy eating.
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A series of recipes and food prep videos for healthy eating.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends). That may seem like a lot right now. So work your way up to it. Break up your exercise into shorter sessions until your doctor says you are ready to go for a full 30 minutes.
There are many activities and exercises you may be able to do. Walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, and aerobic dancing are just a few.
When doing these activities, you should work up a sweat and breathe heavily. But you shouldn’t get out of breath or feel a burning sensation in your muscles. A daily walk is an easy way to get started. Consider asking a family member or friend to go with you. It will help you stay motivated.
As with any new activity or exercise program, be sure to talk with your doctor first.
Check out what the American Heart Association says about exercising after a heart attack.
Find information on physical activity after a heart attack. Always be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Get more information about exercise and activity after a heart attack. Always be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program
Learn about walking and your health. Includes information on what to wear, why you should walk, stretches, and more.
Spend time with them, open up to them, and share things that make you laugh, from cartoons to comedies.
Set some goals for yourself that can help you enjoy a sense of achievement and learn to accept things you can’t change.
Make the move to stop smoking. Cut down your alcohol and caffeine intake.
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As a caregiver, you play an important role in helping your family member or friend after a heart attack, or severe chest pain caused by the heart not getting enough oxygen.
You can help your family member or friend by:
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It’s common to feel overwhelmed when your family member or friend leaves the hospital. So try to only focus on the steps you can take right now.
Here are a few simple things you can do right now to help:
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Now that your family member or friend is back home, you can start to figure out what comes next.
Here are a few ways you can help:
It’s important to help your family member or friend stay on track with healthy changes and medicines.
Here are a few things you can do over time to help:
Be a steady support. Sticking with the plan isn’t easy. But the risk of another heart attack is still very real. Make sure you’re there to help your family member or friend.
BRILINTA is used to lower your chance of having another heart attack or dying from a heart attack or stroke, but BRILINTA (and similar drugs) can cause bleeding that can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Instances of serious bleeding, such as internal bleeding, may require blood transfusions or surgery. While you take BRILINTA, you may bruise and bleed more easily and be more likely to have nosebleeds. Bleeding will also take longer than usual to stop.
Call your doctor right away if you have any signs or symptoms of bleeding while taking BRILINTA, including: severe, uncontrollable bleeding; pink, red, or brown urine; vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds; red or black stool; or if you cough up blood or blood clots.
Do not stop taking BRILINTA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. People who are treated with a stent, and stop taking BRILINTA too soon, have a higher risk of getting a blood clot in the stent, having a heart attack, or dying. If you stop BRILINTA because of bleeding, or for other reasons, your risk of a heart attack or stroke may increase. Tell all your doctors and dentists that you are taking BRILINTA. To decrease your risk of bleeding, your doctor may instruct you to stop taking BRILINTA 5 days before you have surgery. Your doctor should tell you when to start taking BRILINTA again, as soon as possible after surgery.
Take BRILINTA and aspirin exactly as instructed by your doctor. You should not take a dose of aspirin higher than 100 mg daily because it can affect how well BRILINTA works. Tell your doctor if you take other medicines that contain aspirin. Do not take new medicines that contain aspirin.
Do not take BRILINTA if you have a history of bleeding in the brain, are bleeding now, or are allergic to ticagrelor or any of the ingredients in BRILINTA.
Slow heart rhythm has been reported with BRILINTA.
BRILINTA can cause serious side effects, including bleeding and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you have new or unexpected shortness of breath or any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Your doctor can decide what treatment is needed.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BRILINTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how BRILINTA works.
BRILINTA is a prescription medicine for people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because their heart wasn’t getting enough oxygen.
BRILINTA is used with aspirin to lower your chance of having another serious problem with your heart or blood vessels such as heart attack, stroke, or blood clots in your stent if you received one. These can be fatal.