8 Mistakes Heart Patients Make

Mistake 6: Staking your life on yesterday’s truths

In many cases, the treatments doctors relied on just a few years ago already are considered outdated. There have been dramatic changes in medicines and procedures, so stay up-to-date with regular visits to your healthcare team.

Mistake 7: Shunning exercise

Maybe you’re worried it will overstress your heart, but regular exercise actually may be one of the best things you can do for your heart. It’s crucial for someone who’s already had a heart attack to exercise properly under the advice of a doctor. Get an exercise prescription designed just for you, based on your physical condition and your needs and interests. Exercise can help people control risks related to weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. One excellent way to get started is to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program.

Mistake 8: Not “bothering” your doctor with questions

Your healthcare provider is your greatest ally and wants to partner in your care. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or concerns.

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