Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn't know what I was going to do. After the devastation subsided, I decided to take a very standard, western approach to my healing. Although initial efforts were successful, my cancer recurred a few months later. I endured many additional months of treatment before I started focusing on myself. I decided it was time to incorporate complimentary alternative treatments into my healing regimen, including massage therapy. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed my life. My healing became a process, instead of something I simply had to endure. I hope that the articles on my website can inspire you to stay open-minded about your own healthcare.

3 Tips For Women Who Need To Manage Their Cardiovascular Health After A Heart Attack


If you have recently had a heart attack, there is a good chance that you are more than a bit uncertain as to what will happen in the future. For instance, you might be aware that you are often at a higher risk of another heart attack and it's essential now to begin making decisions that will impact the quality and length of the rest of your life. As a result, it's best to be aware of the following information, given that more than 200,000 women die every year as the result of heart attacks, and many of those deaths could have been prevented.

#1-Find Your Stressors And Eliminate Or Reduce Them 

While it's easy to be told to eliminate stress, it is often much more challenging to actually do so. For instance, one person's stressors do not have to be the same as another person's. A stay-at-home mom's stressors might be financially based, while another woman might find that the rigors of her work and home life contribute to her stress levels. 

Regardless, it is crucial to determine your stressors, wherever they might be and live without them whenever you can. What cannot be eliminated might be reduced by introducing new practices into your life, which could be anything from yoga to expanding your experience with various teas, assuming that your physician has authorized you to practice yoga or consume.    

#2-Find The Healthy Foods You Actually Enjoy Eating

One detail to consider that has been overstated in recent years is undoubtedly eating healthy. Sadly, that recommendation has often led to the consideration of grilled chicken, fresh vegetables, and low-salt diets...all of which are often quite difficult to maintain, long-term.       

Instead, it is a good idea to consider taking a cooking class to learn effective techniques for preparing the food you should eat that you also want to eat. Your cardiologist will probably be able to make appropriate recommendations as to where you could take that class, while numerous online options also exist. In fact, that class might even help you to address the stressors in your life that was previously mentioned.

#3- Avoid All Second-hand Smoke...Even If You Must Take Extreme Measures

By now, your doctor probably told you to quit smoking and you have almost undoubtedly made an effort to keep the people you know from smoking around you. However, there are many opportunities for secondhand smoke to interfere with your life and it is a good idea to consider taking additional steps to address that problem.

For instance, consider not eating at restaurants with outdoor patios if those areas are frequented by smokers. Even if you are the only person on the patio at the time, you could be putting your heart at an unnecessary risk if you cough too hard from the lingering effects of the smoke. The same is true of a restaurant with a smoking section, unless you are fortunate enough to be in a facility that divides the area and has a separate ventilation and purification system for each.

Finally, if you work in an office with smokers, you might benefit from moving your desk away from them. Alternatively, you could benefit from moving away from the entrances that those persons use when returning from a smoke break.    

There is no doubt that heart attacks shorten the lives of many people each year, often unnecessarily. Work with doctors to follow a cardiovascular management plan and learn for yourself what will work to improve your health. As a woman who has recently survived your own heart attack, applying the facts shared above can help you to live a healthier, happier and longer life.   


1 August 2017