Education and counseling can help you learn how to reduce episodes of angina (such as chest pain or discomfort). Angina occurs during activities that make the heart work harder, such as climbing stairs, having sex, eating a large meal, having emotional stress, or being exposed to cold. Other symptoms of angina include shortness of breath, nausea, and a cold, sweaty feeling. Angina is often relieved by rest and medicines.
Education combined with exercise, diet, and support can help you stay at a healthy weight or lose weight if you need to. If you need to lose weight, try not to feel overwhelmed. Set small, attainable goals, and then get help to keep reaching those goals. Losing even a small amount of weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for further heart problems.
A heart-healthy eating plan can lower your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. These plans include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, legumes, oils, and nuts. These plans limit sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages, sodium, and red meats. Your cardiac rehab team can help you choose a plan that is right for you.
The education and support you receive in a cardiac rehab program can help you feel better about yourself in your everyday life. Seeking help for depression, along with managing any anxiety and anger you may have, can help you stay healthy.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014
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