Most of us never stop to think how our heart and circulation really works. However, when you understand the basics of circulation, you can make much better decisions about your heart health, disease prevention, and treatment options for heart disease. Here's an illustrated one minute overview of the basics of circulation from the American Heart Association.
Knowing when and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a life-saving skill everyone should have.
Patient & Caregiver Support
Someone close to you has just had a heart attack, stroke or heart procedure. To help you handle your feelings, it's good to be aware of them and to share them with people you trust. Talk with members of your family, friends, people where you worship and healthcare providers. You and your loved one may also benefit from joining a support group for patients and their families. A heart attack, stroke or heart operation affects the whole family — not just the patient.
As a caregiver, you have a higher risk for health and emotional problems. That's because caregivers are less likely to attend to their own health by eating a healthy diet, getting physical activity and treating physical and emotional problems. It may feel like your first responsibility is to your loved one, but it's really to yourself. Learn to organize your duties as a caregiver. Find the time to take care of your own health. It will help you do a better job for your loved one.
Caring for someone you love after a heart or stroke can be hard. The responsibilities and the emotional stress can cause you to forget to take care of yourself. These rights will help you remember that you have a right to health and happiness, even when you're caring for someone else. They'll help you realize that the emotions and pressures you may be feeling are normal.
Caregiver burnout is caused by too much long-term stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and can't meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role. Your healthy body, mind and spirit benefit your loved one just as they benefit you. Learn the signs of caregiver burnout and seek help if you're having them.
As a caregiver to someone who has had a stroke, it is common to go through a number of emotions. In the beginning the main effort needs to be put into engaging the survivor in rehabilitation and making a big effort there. That push is one that will make a difference in the future.
Health reporter John Hammarley summarizes communication tips to help you prepare for your next visit to the doctor.