#CaretakerCorner: 4 Tips for Caring for a Loved One After a Heart Attack

After your loved one has had a heart attack, it can feel overwhelming to remember all of their needs, never mind your own. Here are four tips from the Heart Foundation to keep in mind to make sure you’re on track:

1. Listen

According to the Heart Foundation, listening to your loved one is one of the most important things you can do to help their recovery. Hearing their needs and concerns will mean much more than rushing to give advice.

It’s a great idea to read up to make sure you’re well informed on heart attack care, as your loved one may be overwhelmed

2. Offer Support

There are many ways to offer support to your loved one, including going with them to their cardiac rehab, recommending a support group, planning a social outing for the two of you, or even just offering to go for a walk with them. The Heart Foundation notes that being around people who care about their well-being can help your loved one feel better emotionally.

3. Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself

Regular breaks from caring are essential to your own health, says the Heart Foundation. If you don’t take care of your own health, you won’t be able to care for others. Make sure to keep up with hobbies and social activities you enjoy, and, if possible, share the caring duties with another family member or friend. You may also be interested in trying breathing exercises to manage your own stress, which is never a bad idea.

4. Inform Yourself

Just by reading this article, you’re taking the initiative to inform yourself, which is a fantastic step forward. It’s a great idea to read up to make sure you’re well informed on heart attack care, as your loved one may be overwhelmed, notes the Heart Foundation.

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