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3 Questions People Have When a Loved One Has a Heart Attack

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When a loved one has suffered a heart attack, many questions usually come to the surface. Some of those questions are commonplace, such as, “Are they going to be okay?” Or “What’s going to happen now?” It’s important to ask questions. When somebody has been hospitalized, whether it was due to a heart attack or some other situation, hopefully they will be well enough before long to return home. When they are discharged and sent home, their recovery will continue. It simply doesn’t end right then and there.

For those who want the best for their loved ones, to help them maximize their chances of recovering properly from a heart attack, there are some questions that may be good to ask. Here are three that a lot of family members, friends, and other loved ones have when they know somebody in the hospital due to a heart attack.

Question #1: Will they be okay?

There could be a wide range of answers to this question. Only a doctor is going to be able to answer that question and they will only give that information to the patient himself or herself, if at all possible. While they may be able to provide generalized information to family members or friends waiting, the specifics about the situation, the severity of the heart attack, and even the doctor’s hopes or expectations for the future may be kept from them, at least for a while.

If a person is going through recovery, even if they have to give up certain activities in life and avoid strenuous activity for a while, there is a chance they can get back to at least some semblance of normalcy. Does that mean they will be okay? That all depends on the individual.

Question #2: What will they be able to do?

After a heart attack, the knee-jerk reaction is for loved ones to discourage all types of strenuous activity. However, exercise, staying active, and having a positive outlook are all going to have a direct impact on recovery.
Determining what they may or may not be able to do isn’t the best pathway forward. Instead, focus on what the senior should do to maximize his or her chances of recovering as well as can be expected.

Question #3: Shouldn’t they take it easy?

Some people are often surprised when a doctor tells them their loved one should exercise after a heart attack. Instincts tell many people that their loved ones should avoid exercise because that is strenuous activity and wouldn’t that warrant an increased risk of another heart attack?

The heart is a muscle. The only way muscles get stronger is to work them. As long as a doctor has advised exercise or has given the okay for certain activities, then this should be something the senior needs to consider to maximize the chances of recovering properly.


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Christy Swadkins

Christy Swadkins is the owner of Golden Heart Senior Care serving Summerlin and the Las Vegas area.Her personal and professional background brings a unique and rich quality to the care she provides for her clients.

Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.

Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.

Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.

Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.