While primary care physicians serve as central coordinators of care
for many people with CAD, nurse educators are valuable resources as well.
addition to serving as a care coordinator, your nurse educator will serve other
important functions. For example, a professional educator may be the first one
to help you understand CAD, begin your treatment plan, teach you about the
effects of various medicines on your condition, and help you with lifestyle
One of the nurse educator's most important roles is to provide you
with the information you need about your disease as you are ready to handle it.
You will have CAD for the rest of your life, and your nurse educator can be
there with the information that you need to adapt to changes in your condition.
Cardiac rehabilitation team
A cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) program teaches you how to be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health. A cardiac rehab team often includes a doctor, a nurse specialist, a dietitian, an exercise therapist, and a physical therapist. The team designs a program just for you, based on your health and goals. Then they give you support to help you succeed.
Because what you eat has a big effect on your coronary artery
disease, you may seek the aid of a dietitian or nutritionist to help you
develop a heart-healthy diet. If you also have high blood pressure
(hypertension) or diabetes, it may be important to limit salt and sugar intake
Dietitians are trained in nutrition and are experienced in helping
individuals make lifestyle changes. They understand that adjustments to your
eating habits can be the hardest changes to make. And they can help you take
small steps toward the larger goal of a balanced diet.
Mental health professional
Many people with serious conditions such as CAD experience
depression, either independently or as a result of their physical condition.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers can help you deal
with the mental challenges associated with any CAD-related complications that
you may have. Also, they can help you learn to manage the stress in your
life, which can have a direct bearing on the success of your treatment plan.