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What You Need to Know About Recovering from a Heart Attack at Home

Going home from the hospital after a heart attack or any other cardiac incident is only the beginning of your recovery and there’s a lot you’ll need to know and do. Just keeping track of all the medication you’ve been given and the instructions for taking each pill can be frustrating and confusing. A caregiver who specializes in cardiology can help ensure that your recovery is smooth and that your heart health is protected long-term.

 February is American Heart Month, which highlights the importance of cardiovascular health. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. It’s most common among men, people who smoke, people who are overweight, people who have a family history of disease or heart attack, and people over 55.

 “The outcome of a severe cardiac incident can be life changing,” says Louise Weadock, founder of ACCESS Nursing Services. “It’s critical that patients are able to follow complicated medical treatment plans. A specialized caregiver can help the patient follow the plan and teach them to do it themselves once they recover.”

 The advantages of having a specialized caregiver to help you recover and follow your new routines and lifestyle are numerous. Here are some of the key benefits of a specialized caregiver:


  • Transition From Hospital to Home: Having a caregiver that specializes in cardiovascular health will allow for a smoother recovery period at home. Specialized caregivers are trained to use at-home cardiac monitoring systems and are familiar with managing medications associated with healing the heart.


  • Assessing Cardiac Symptoms: A caregiver that specializes in cardiovascular health is familiar with and able to recognize cardiac symptoms. Patients who have had heart attacks are at an increased risk of having another. The warning signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, cold sweat, and nausea. Catching the signs of a heart attack early is essential for preventing further incidents.


  • Reinforce Therapeutic Routines: A specialized caregiver is familiar with therapeutic routines and is there to make sure that their patient is following the directions in their care plan for a safe recovery. The ability to walk and talk, as well as take medication independently can be impacted by a severe cardiac incident.


ACCESS Nursing Services offers a clinical team of nurses and caregivers specialized in cardiology. To discuss the options that are best suited for your specific needs, call (212) 286-9200, or visit our website.