How your doctor in West Monroe and Winnsboro LA can help you feel better
If you have had a heart event, it can change your world. It can change how much activity you can do. It can change your diet, and it can change your lifestyle. There is a lot to consider when you are recovering from a heart event.
The good news is, your doctor can help. Dr. Virginia Gonzalez at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center wants to partner with you in your recovery. She has two convenient locations in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, to help you feel better.
The most important thing to remember is that according to the American Heart Association, most people live through the first heart attack and lead a normal, productive life for many years afterward.
Initially, after a heart event, you are going to need to rest and avoid stress. Make sure you are sleeping well at night and avoid overdoing it during the day. Your doctor will recommend how much rest you should get, and when you may plan on starting to exercise and going back to work.
Your doctor will provide the necessary medications to get you and your heart as healthy as possible again. You can help keep your heart healthy by making a few lifestyle adjustments, including:
- Not smoking
- Exercising at least 30 minutes every day of the week
- Limiting your intake of foods high in saturated fats and sodium
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. After a heart event, it’s common to feel emotional swings, including depression. You may also feel fear about going on with your daily activities. These are all normal emotions, and you should share them with your doctor. Your doctor may suggest visiting a counselor or therapist.
Seek out your friends and family too. It’s helpful to build your support network of people you know and love, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Getting involved in a cardiac rehabilitation program is important too. Programs are supervised by knowledgeable medical staff who can help you when you need it, and the best part is, it’s all in one location. You will learn about stress management, exercise, diet, and other lifestyle choices to keep you on the right, heart-healthy track.
To find out more about recovery after a heart event, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Virginia Gonzalez of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, with offices in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, at (318) 338-3540. Call now!