Living With Heart Disease
Your lifestyle affects your health, especially if you have
heart disease. The little things you do each day really make a difference.
fitness matter. So do controlling stress and not smoking. And of course, you'll take your medicines and keep up with your doctor appointments and cardiac rehab.
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Enlarged Heart (Cardiomegaly)
An enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) may have various causes. But it's usually the result of high blood pressure (hypertension) or coronary artery disease.
An enlarged heart may not pump blood effectively, resulting in congestive heart failure. Cardiomegaly may improve over time. But most people with an enlarged heart need lifelong treatment with medications.
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Also, stay in touch with your mood. For many people,
depression comes along with heart disease. If you notice that's true for you, reach out to your doctor for help in treating your depression.
It may feel like you're going through a lot of changes all at once. It's a good idea to seek help from dietitians, doctors, and support groups to keep you on track.
Some of the keys to making changes include:
Have a plan before starting. Set realistic goals. Make one change at a time. For example, quit smoking before changing your diet. Write down your goal. Prepare for lapses and relapses. They happen. What matters more is that you get back on track. Reward yourself for your progress. Pick a reward that feels great and does not undermine your progress. Keep up with your friends and family. Your social connections are good for you!