People who have CAD may have a lot of
physical limitations because of chest pain or shortness of breath with exertion
or because of severe weakness. These people may rely on others for
help with relatively simple but important tasks. If your loved one experiences
trouble with daily activities, you and your family may choose to assume a large
role in managing his or her day-to-day life. Some of the ways in which you can
help are listed below.
Shopping for and preparing food. Most people recovering from surgery cannot leave their house on
their own to shop for food and therefore depend on others for what they eat. If
you can, ask neighbors and friends to help with grocery shopping. Also, you may
be closely involved in the preparation of heart-healthy food for
your loved one during recovery at home.
Providing a clean environment. Cleaning the house may be too difficult during
recovery. But a clean environment can be important for both mood and
health (to prevent infections). Caregivers should consider cleaning the house
regularly or hiring a maid service. Also, the temperature and humidity
of the home should be controlled as precisely as possible. The physical
discomforts of recovery from surgery often get worse during hot, humid days, and
air conditioners should be used during the summer, if
Driving. For the first 3 to 6
weeks after surgery, or if your loved one can no longer drive because of chest
pain, irregular heartbeats, fainting spells, or other complications of
CAD-related heart failure, you may need to drive him or her to frequent doctor
Medicines. Most people with
severe heart disease require multiple medicines to control their symptoms.
Having a family member organize medicines into a special pillbox with one or
more compartments for each day of the week can prevent the person from
forgetting to take any medicines or taking them incorrectly.