Recover From a Heart Attack With the Help From Professional Caregivers
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease. The most common of heart disease is Coronary Artery Disease, which can lead to a heart attack.
After suffering from a heart attack, it is normal to feel very fatigued, weak, and mentally exhausted. Clients also have a decreased appetite. Eating smaller meals can help place less strain on your heart. How, then, will a Home Care Aide be of help? Read more below to know more about our heart attack recovery care services.
CareMo Home Care Aides are trained and will be able to help during the recovery period of a client in the following aspects:
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Like we mentioned before, there are many things that need to be considered when taking care of someone who has suffered from a heart attack. We elaborate more below!
Knowing the Warning Signs – It is critical that a client has somebody who can determine the warning signs of a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, the following are symptoms of a heart attack:
Most clients suffering from heart attack feel discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath
Difficulty breathing or feeling of suffocation, with or without chest discomfort, may indicate a heart attack.
This may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
Meal Preparation –
After suffering a heart attack, a client needs to start a heart-healthy diet. A CareMo Home Care Aide helps to ensure that the client is provided healthy food, as prescribed by the doctor or dietitian. This is especially important to prevent future complications of heart disease. Six strategies to reduce coronary artery disease include:
Medication Reminders –
Clients will have a gamut of medications to remember during the day of discharge. Following medication plans will help in preventing another heart attack, but trying to remember which and when to take can be an added stress to the recovering patient. CareMo Home Care Aides will be able to support the transition from being hospitalized to home recovery by reminding clients about their medication and helping them stick with their medication plan.
Lifestyle Changes –
Diet, exercises, and medications are just a few of the things a CareMo Home Care Aide will monitor as the recovery plan of a client progresses. HCAs will support, motivate, and monitor clients to ensure that the home recovery plan that doctors prescribed is adhered to, so that recuperation will be seamless and clients are comfortable.
Communication with the Health Care Team –
It is imperative that any changes in the behavior, adherence to the program, alterations in the client’s routine, etc. are being communicated to the head of the Health Care Team and all team members assigned to the care of the client. This way, issues including signs and symptoms of an impending attack can be addressed promptly.
Adherence to Rehabilitation Program –
A cardiac rehabilitation program usually lasts one to two weeks after being discharged from the hospital, plus a three-hour-long session per week for a period of 12 weeks. A CareMo Home Care Aide ensures that the program is attended consistently throughout the prescribed time.
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