Importance of support system in Heart Disease recovery
Support from family and friends plays a huge role in relieving your stress and anxiety but it is good to reach out to people beyond your immediate network, especially people who have been affected by heart disease recently
By improving your lifestyle, including your diet and level of fitness, you can minimise your risk of a secondary Heart event. By taking action you can significantly reduce your chance for a second heart attack.
As a carer you play a very important role in the life of the heart patient. Whether you are a significant other, family, friend, or carer, it is important for you to understand the condition and its impact on the life of the person living with heart failure.
The role of physiotherapists in cardiac rehabilitation begins pre-operatively. A physiotherapist will often do a pre-operative education session. This will involve education on the surgery – the procedure, the possible complications, post operation expectations and the post-operative exercises (such as early walking, deep breathing exercises for the lungs and sternal care in bypass patients).