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While there is excellent care available in hospitals for treatment of heart diseases, it is important to understand how to take care of a cardiac patient at home as cardiac rehab plays a big role in the recovery process. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How To Care For Heart Patients At Home


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How To Care For Heart Patients At Home
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  • Two major factors lie behind heart diseases
    genetics and lifestyle. With our lives becoming
    increasingly stressful, we have stopped paying
    attention to our bodys needs poor diets,
    little or no exercise and harmful habits such as
    alcohol and smoking have led to an increase in
    heart diseases.
  • While there is excellent care available in
    hospitals for treatment of heart diseases, it is
    important to understand how to take care of a
    cardiac patient at home as cardiac rehab plays a
    big role in the recovery process.
  • Following are some aspects of home cardiac care
    that are essential to ensure best care for heart
    patients at home

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A Healthy Balanced Diet
  • For best cardiac rehab results, a cardiac patient
    should go back to the basics when it comes to
    nutrition - eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
    and cut down on processed foods, which might have
    high saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol, all
    of which are harmful for a cardiac patient. Home
    cardiac care should include strictly following a
    customized diet plan prescribed by a
    nutritionist. It is important to oversee the diet
    of the cardiac patient to ensure that they do not
    indulge in food items that could worsen their
    condition.

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Moderate Exercise Regime
  • A balanced diet and moderate exercise go hand in
    hand. Once their doctor has given the go-ahead, a
    cardiac patient should include some form of
    activity in their daily routine to stay heart
    healthy. The activity could be as simple as a
    walk, and could be built up to include cardio and
    strength exercises. This part of home cardiac
    care is best followed when the cardiac patient is
    motivated and the caregiver is involved in the
    exercise routine.

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Monitoring of Medication
  • An essential part of cardiac rehab is the
    medication that the cardiac patient has been
    prescribed. Faltering on medicine could result in
    the cardiac patients condition worsening. The
    caregiver should ensure that the cardiac patient
    has their medicines on time and should provide
    support if the patient shows signs of getting lax
    with the medicine.

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Tracking Progress Regularly
  • A cardiac patients condition needs to be
    monitored carefully and progress needs to be
    tracked regularly. Since a cardiac case can get
    complicated quickly and can even prove to be
    fatal, its important to keep a look out for
    signs and symptoms such as trouble breathing,
    irregular heart rate, increased fatigue, etc.
    These should be communicated to the cardiac
    patients doctor at the earliest.

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Ensuring a Well Balanced Life
  • While medication, nutrition and exercise are
    extremely important for cardiac rehab, home
    cardiac care should involve a cardiac patient
    enjoying a healthy normal life as much as
    possible. Socialising with friends and family,
    indulging in hobbies, and living a full life
    should be encouraged to ensure that the person
    doesnt fall prey to mental health disorders such
    as depression or anxiety.

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While a family member can take care of these home
cardiac care requirements, they are not trained
or equipped to do so. Also, with our busy hectic
lives today, most of us do not have the time or
energy to provide proper care. Hence, it is
always preferable to opt for a trained nurse at
home who can perfectly attend to the needs of a
cardiac patient. For example, someone who is
experienced at cardiac rehab will be able to
guide a cardiac patient on recommended nutrition,
motivate them to exercise,
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ensure that they have their prescribed medication
on time and most importantly, look out for any
signs or symptoms that need a doctors attention,
thereby preventing further complications. Also, a
caregiver will be able to provide a support
system for the cardiac patient, ensuring their
mental and emotional wellness along with their
physical health. This will ensure that the
cardiac rehab process is effective and that the
patient is back to their normal health at the
earliest.
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