If your elderly loved one has a heart attack, there might be a chance that they can make a full recovery. With this being said, it is very important that you and the homecare providers get your elderly loved one to follow all of their doctor’s recommendations and prescribed treatments. Here are some of the things that your elderly loved one should be doing if they are recovering from a heart attack.

Taking Their Medications

Homecare Fox Chapel PA - Heart Attack Recovery - What Can You Do for Your Elderly Loved One?

Homecare Fox Chapel PA – Heart Attack Recovery – What Can You Do for Your Elderly Loved One?

One of the things that your elderly loved one should do if they have had a heart attack is to take their medications. Your elderly loved one’s doctor is going to prescribe medications to reduce the likelihood of a 2nd heart attack. You or the homecare providers may need to help remind your elderly loved one to take these medications. If you don’t think your loved one will take them on their own, you or the home care provider may have to give the medications to them.

Go to Appointments

If your elderly loved one had a heart attack, they are going to have follow-up appointments they need to attend. It is important that you or a homecare provider get your loved one to these appointments. The appointments will give the doctor a chance to see how your elderly loved one is doing. The appointments are also when the doctor can refill your elderly loved one’s medications or make changes to the treatment plan if needed.

Make Better Lifestyle Choices

After a heart attack, most people realize they need to make better lifestyle choices. For instance, your elderly loved one may need to quit smoking, exercise more, start eating healthier, or find ways to relieve their stress. You or a homecare provider might need to remind your elderly loved one to make these changes. It may take a bit of time, but once these things become a habit, your elderly loved one should be able to remember to do them on their own.

These are some of the things that your elderly loved one should be doing if they had a heart attack. Now that you know what should be done, be sure that you and the homecare providers are doing your part to help your elderly loved one recover faster and prevent a 2nd heart attack. If you or your elderly loved one have questions about their recovery at any time, be sure to give their doctor a call right away.

Sources:  https://www.uptodate.com/contents/heart-attack-recovery-beyond-the-basics

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Nicole Kelly, Branch Administrator