Post Heart Attack

Published: March 5, 2010

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Overview

Heart attack after-effects are not always limited to the condition of your heart and your circulatory system. A heart attack often affects functions you might not expect, like the kidneys. After a heart attack, the risk of kidney disease escalates. Though the actual attack did affect the heart, the recovery process will affect the body and can cause things like fatigue and depression. When you've been through a devastating illness, you can suffer from what's called post-traumatic stress syndrome, something only recently understood thanks to post-war psychology. The effects of battle on soldiers after they'd come home was studied and helped pinpoint the causes and symptoms of this disorder.

A heart attack, just like a long illness or a battle, is a crisis point from which a person needs to recover. Upsetting feelings will usually fade with time. Heart patients don't find depression, sadness, and a feeling of loss to be uncommon and in some cases are long-lasting.

A common after-effect of heart attacks is stress. Heart attacks can actually be partially caused by stress as well, so reducing stress is important. However, when you're worried about the effects of heart attacks and whether your heart is healthy, it's hard not to feel stressed. If you're worried how your illness will affect your insurance, it can be even more difficult to de-stress. Too much stress will raise your blood pressure, resulting in hypertension. It's important to relax as much as possible and get plenty of low-impact exercise to rebuild your stamina. Your weight also affects your heart health, so keeping it within a normal range is important.

After heart attacks, the body is in recovery mode and needs to be treated gently for a while until things get back to normal. Women are affected in more serious ways than men by heart disease across all age groups. Other groups statistically affected more severely include African Americans and Europeans.

If heart disease has affected your heart, you'll know it. The effect of heart disease can be devastating, but can be managed. Follow your doctor's advice when it comes to diet and exercise, don't smoke, and avoid medications that have been linked to heart problems including Allegra D, Nexium, and Losec. Heart attack patients are showing adverse effects from Losec and Nexium, which are medications designed to help with stomach ulcers.

The most common heart attack after effects includes slight pain, fatigue, and fear of another attack.

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