'Healthy heart' after surgery
Prevention strategies can go a long way in improving the healthcare of a society. In India the increasing trend of heart disease is due to the increase in the incidence of hypertension and diabetes especially in the urban areas. Lifestyle that is applicable to maintain a 'healthy heart' is even more important after your surgery. Remember the following instructions to help your heart serve you better in the years following surgery -
"Don't eat your heart out". Eat healthy to avoid or control hypertension, weight, diabetes and cholesterol issues.
- Walk at least 30 minutes a day.
- Join a regular exercise program
- Quit smoking, avoid secondary smoke whenever possible.
- Reduce your stress level.
- Continue your medications as prescribed.
- Follow up with your doctor on a regular basis or immediately when symptoms recur.
- Discuss with your doctor about your work, if it includes manual labor.
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