After a pre-heart attack, it is essential to improve your lifestyle and avoid bad habits or extreme emotions that could put us in danger.
After a pre-heart attack, you need to help your body recover optimally. For this purpose, it is essential to adopt a different lifestyle to prevent this serious cardiovascular problem.
Find out in this article what a pre-heart attack is , what the symptoms are, how to intervene and the best habits for a better recovery. Simple tricks to improve the quality of life in a simple and natural way.
What is a pre-heart attack?
Pre-heart attack is also known as angina pectoris . It occurs as a result of a reduction in the amount of blood that reaches the heart . This arterial problem requires immediate treatment and subsequent monitoring by a specialist doctor.
Pre-heart attack is caused by excess fat stored in the (coronary) arteries that carry blood to the heart. However, it can also be caused by a blood clot. Although cholesterol is a major cause of this disease, it can occur at any age and in people with different physical conditions.
How to know if we have a pre-heart attack?
Symptoms of pre-heart attack, which usually begin gradually and slowly , are as follows:
- Pain in one or both arms
- Severe pain and tightness in the chest
- Anxiety , fatigue and difficulty in breathing
- Nausea, dizziness and vomiting
- General malaise
- Pain in the back, neck and stomach
What should we do during a pre-heart attack?
Once the symptoms are recognized, we must also take into account the steps in case of a pre-heart attack or heart attack. These are the tips you should know, since the reaction time is very important and the life of the subject depends on it:
- Call an ambulance.
- Try to calm the person down so that he or she can breathe calmly.
- Loosen the clothes she is wearing so that blood can circulate better.
- Ask if he takes any heart medicine so you can give it to him.
Even if the person denies the symptoms, we should not be persuaded. We must follow this protocol of action, so we will avoid leaving the person alone and will not give him any medication that has not been prescribed for him by the doctor.
Guidelines for convalescence
Avoid bad habits
If we have had a pre-heart attack, we already have a strong reason to change bad habits. First, we will list the most serious factors that increase the chance of another pre-heart attack , then to be corrected as soon as possible:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High cholesterol levels
What should we keep in mind for convalescence?
- The severity of the pre-heart attack will determine the rest time we need to take.
- We will try to avoid any kind of worry, stress or euphoria.
- It is important to get a good night’s rest and even take a nap.
- As the days go by we can gradually increase the activities and practice some medium intensity exercise.
- Don’t make sudden efforts or lift a lot of weight. We must avoid overloading, as it can be dangerous to make the heart pump a lot of blood if any artery is still blocked. We can start with small walks or simple housework.
- It is also important to avoid alcohol and tobacco, as well as passive smoking.
Food will be essential for balancing cholesterol and triglyceride levels and regulating blood pressure. In addition, it will help us to have a healthy weight and improve the quality of life in general.
Foods we need to reduce or eliminate:
- Fast food or processed food
- Industrial bakery
- Poor quality oils
- Refined flour
- Processed sweets
- Sweetened and carbonated drinks
- Table salt
Among the foods we should consume we find:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Homemade fruit juices, soups and smoothies
- Whole grains
- Whole and germinated nuts and seeds
- Superfoods (spirulina, maca, nutritional yeast, hemp, cocoa, etc.)
- Natural sweeteners: honey, stevia, xylitol, etc.
- Sea or Himalayan salt (in moderation)