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.
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.