Tips for Healthy Living With Heart Disease

When you have heart disease, there are little things you can do each day to make a big difference to your health.

Food and fitness matter. It's also important to reduce your stress and if you smoke, quit. And of course, take your medicines and keep up with your doctor appointments and cardiac rehab.

Also, stay in touch with your mood. For many folks, depression comes along with heart disease. If you notice that's true for you, talk to your doctor to get treatment.

Stay on Track

It may feel like you're going through a lot of changes all at once. It's a good idea to get help from dietitians, doctors, and support groups to keep focused.

Some of the keys to making changes are:

  • Have a plan before starting.
  • Set realistic targets.
  • Make one change at a time. For example, quit smoking before you overhaul your diet.
  • Write down your goal.
  • Prepare for setbacks. They happen. What matters more is that you get back on track.
  • Reward yourself for your progress. Pick a treat that feels great but doesn't undermine your game plan.
  • Keep up with your friends and family. Your social connections are good for you.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on August 16, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Living Well With Blood Disease," "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women." 

 

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