Saturday, October 1, 2011

Topics

This is the preliminary list of topics that I intend to blog about, probably over the next year. There is so much information about surviving a heart attack. If you have other topics that you would like me to cover, please send a comment or an email to drj at binomial.com

MEDICAL
You may not present as a heart attack to the paramedics
Heart attack vs heart disease
Could be physical or hereditary
Discuss depression & anxiety
Stents are not perfect
Have a health advocate to help you remember the answers at appointments
How to Maintain a Healthy Heart
Take control of your heart policy - your life depends on it
Ask your G.P. anything
Your G.P. has the capacity to find answers for you
Questions to answer your doctors (see my list)
Talk about some meds
Organize your meds - set timers to not miss meds
Your meds make you healthier than the next guy on the street
Educate yourself - books, pamphlets, internet
Advice to patient

FOOD
The importance of fluid intake
Low sodium guidelines for heart failure
Sodium consumption for all ages
Stay away from processed foods - foods to avoid
The importance of weight control
If you exceed your diet numbers one day, it will affect you the next
Food recommendations
Recipe recommendations
Get help from a nutrition coach
Value of Blue Menu foods
Food values to watch (calories, sodium, cholesterol, fat)
Heartsmart cookbooks - beware of sodium values
Use measuring spoons as serving spoons
'Diet' doesn't have to mean bland food


EXERCISE
The importance of exercise
Talk about the rehab track program & hands over the head
Get help from an exercise coach
Exercises (how much, which ones, re-hab, do it)
Heart needs aerobic exercise e.g. gym stick, recumbent bike
Get help from a walking partner

FAMILY
Your family has to understand how important a regimen is to you
Depression & Anxiety from any major illness
Keep a food and exercise diary
The importance of naps
The importance of stress
Sleep apnea
New wardrobe

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