8 Mistakes Heart Patients Make

Mistake 3: Staying stuck in grief or depression

You may have lost your healthy self-image or the ability to do important things in your life. Any major life change will bring feelings of loss and may require a grieving process.

You and your family may need to work through a variety of emotions after your heart attack. Keep in mind that doing so leads to a positive, constructive future.

If you are overwhelmed with feelings of grief or depression, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional.

Mistake 4: Giving up on heart medicines

Don’t stop taking your medicines without talking to your healthcare provider. Work with your provider to determine what your choices are and what these medicines can do for you in terms of risk versus benefit. Ask for help in choosing the ones that:

  • Work the best for you
  • Have the fewest side effects
  • Are affordable
  • You’ll be comfortable taking
  • Fit with your daily schedule

Mistake 5: Tiptoeing around your family

Think about it: If you quit smoking and everyone else in the family quits as a result, you’ll be helping everyone. Don’t be afraid to make a big deal about your attempts at a healthy lifestyle. Ask your loved ones to give you as much support as possible.

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