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Fall 2010 Volume 6, Issue 2

Health Chronicle

Coronary Artery Disease

Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. You too can learn to live life to the fullest in spite of your condition. These steps can help you take charge of your heart health and your life.

Get Informed

Empower yourself. Start thinking and acting proactively. Learn about your condition and treatment options. Find out what it takes to make your treatment a success. Take responsibility for doing all you can to improve your health.

Make the most of your doctor visits. Write down a list of your concerns before your appointment. Ask your most important questions frst.

Follow your doctor’s instructions. If you are a smoker, your doctor will recommend that you quit smoking. Eating a low-fat diet and exercising regularly may also be part of your treatment plan. Making these lifestyle changes is important. They can help you manage blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. The changes also may slow down how fast heart disease advances. You’ll also reduce your risks for heart attack or stroke.

Plan Ahead

Have an emergency plan. Ask your doctor which symptoms you should watch for and what you should do if they appear. Call 911 or your local emergency number if you think you’re having a heart attack or stroke.

Involve your family. Heart disease afects your family, too. Having their support can help you make necessary lifestyle changes more easily. Ask family members to learn about your condition. Take them to one of your doctor appointments and let them ask questions about your treatment.

Join a support group. Ask a HAP’s HealthTrack Nurse Health Coach to recommend a heart patient group in your area. There are many diferent kinds of support groups. Visit a few of them before deciding which one is right for you.

Are you looking for assistance with managing your heart disease? Call (800) 288-2902

to speak with a HAP’s HealthTrack Nurse Health Coach.

Learning to Live with Heart Disease

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