One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease! Infact, stats suggest that about 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
The stats are definitely too unfortunate but that doesn’t mean you must be fear-struck. Of course, there is a possibility of about 25% that I or you can be a victim of heart disease too, but will you live the rest of your life in fear? No. In fact, the ball now is in your court, and if you are facing any heart situation, it can be taken very well care of. Here’s how you can start:
Ask for clear, complete information
A lot of us avoid asking questions to our doctor either because we are afraid or because you don’t want to nag the expert with your unending doubts. However, it’s always wise to seek answers to all your questions concerning your health and future. It will not only make you feel more in control of your fears but also keep your mental peace.
You must know what you can expect in the coming few months or years and the answers might even ease some of your concerns as well. It might not always be in your favor, but the facts don’t change if you don’t know them. Thus, learn to face your demons and ask every question that’s been popping in your head for quite some time.
Do not keep your fears inside
Being vulnerable, having anxiety, and being worried about your health is common. However, learn to minimize it. How? TALK! Yes, share all your worries with your loved ones, voice your fears in front of your closest circle and don’t restrict your emotions. Trust me, it will make you feel lighter and less worried.
It can be anyone: friends, family, doctors, or your counselor. If you don’t find a home in either of these, you can also visit support groups. There are people facing similar situations as you are and when you listen to their struggle-stories, it will give you strength. You will get the desired emotional support, feel less lonely and stronger.
Go out, take yourself for a walk, go to the park, do everything else but don’t limit yourself in the four walls of your room. If its anxiety, restlessness, or stress that has occupied your headspace, it’s better to take action than to sit hand in hand.
These are simple things but can prove to be exceptionally beneficial for patients. However, if you are still struggling with the same signs of a heart-disease like frequent chest pain, panic attacks, and excessive sweating, consult your family doctor for detailed advice.
Improve your lifestyle
A LOT depends on your lifestyle. Your habits are what make you. Infact, in the majority of heart patients, it is because of their poor lifestyle that causes trouble in the first place. So, what are the changes that you must inculcate?
Firstly, exercise. Yes, exercise regularly, go to a gym, hire a personal trainer or be your own trainer. Don’t forget to consult your doctor about the exercises you can do and the kind of exertion your heart can endure. Don’t miss out on the consistency and you will soon observe a major improvement in your health.
Next, eat good food. Book an appointment with a nutritionist or dietician and work on a diet plan. Food and sleep come hand in hand. A good night’s sleep is one of the most underrated things around the world, but also the most effective. So eat right and sleep tight!
Lastly, quit bad habits. If you are an addict to cancerous things like cigarettes or alcohol, it’s still not too late to restart.
Slow and steady
I know there is a lot to do but you cannot do everything at once. Go step by step, instead of taking a long jump for the ultimate goal and falling on your face. Start slow, like exercise regularly, and eat according to a plan. Focus on one thing at a time, and set short-term goals. Achieve the feats of one, then move on to next.
When it comes to medication, Ecosprin 150 mg is the most recommended and preferred tablet to prevent heart strokes. However, it’s always better to consult your doctor for a heads up. If he says go ahead, ask for the dosage and then stick to it.
There’s literally no reason why you must let anxiety creep into your good night’s sleep. Of course, you aren’t in your best shape right now, but things will change, and change for the good. It will take some time but eventually, you will start feeling better. Worrying will only make it worse. Work on your lifestyle, believe in yourself, and stay positive. All the best!