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Post Angioplasty Lifestyle Modification
Life is Beautiful
As the damaged part of your Heart heals a tough scar forms. This takes time and is a continuous process. In a month or six weeks your heart has almost regained itself. Time generally Depends on extent of injury and your own rate of feeling. A lot depends on positive outlook and disciplined lifestyle.

Coming Home
A brief stay in the hospital is good enough to make you feel weak. State of inactivity results in weak feeling as muscles lose their strength. Exercise prescribed by the physiotherapist is the only solution.

Back to work
90% of the patients resume work within two months. What kind of work one should take depends on the severity of the damage and the job profile. Ideally you must take less taxing job. Getting busy and involved will result in quicker recovery. But the best person to advice you when to start working is your doctor.

How do you feel emotionally
A lot of questions cloud our thought process. From anxiety to depression, from fear of death to the joy of living. Fleeting pains which otherwise were never looked at replace concern. Smallest pain in the chest worries you. This is normal however you must not get worked up and take things in a lighter vain.

Handling Depression
If you have some of the following warning signs it is indicative of depression. These include...
  • Sleep problems
  • Appetite problems
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional Stress
  • Loss of alertness
  • Apathy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Despair
  • Sloppiness
If you have any of these you must speak to you doctor, he may prescribe appropriate medication.

Exercising your heart away Most of you should be able to enjoy less strenuous exercises for example walking, golf, billiards etc. The best way is to find out your tolerance level by consulting your doctor. You need to know what is right for you.
Chest Pain if.....

Smoking - Heart burn
Risk doubles every time you light up. Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, imagine what will happen to already narrowed and damaged ones. SO QUIT.

Less weight is fine
A healthy weight is a healthy heart. Low fat and low cholesterol diet is a must. Eat slow, eat healthy and stay healthy. Spread your food intake in smaller proportions. The key is to keep you weight within normal limits

Healthy Diet
All that is green is fine. Green vegetables are your hearts best friend. Adopt ideal diet by consulting a dietician. You must also modify your diet from time to time to maintain the test. Say NO to meat, butter, ghee and high fat dairy products. Say yes to fruits they are a big source of antioxidants, your heart craves for.

Alcohol - How much
If you don't, do not. Moderate drinking is fine. Excess alcohol can raise your blood pressure.
 
 
Sex After Angioplasty
 
  • If you can climb Two sets of stairs without shortness of breath, you can resume sexual activity if you feel well rested.
  • Choose a time when you are most relaxed and rested. Mornings may be a good time if as you are relaxed at that time.
  • Avoid sex if you are Tired, Tense or after Eating heavy meals.
  • Cuddling and kissing can be very satisfactory.
  • Foreplay and mutual stimulation helps prepare the heart slowly fo intercourse. Allow plenty of time for foreplay.
  • Use positions that are comfortable, that do not pull your chest or cause discomfort.
  • Be the passive partner; let your spouse take a dominate role to begin with, Don't take extra risk by trying anything daring in the initial stages
  • In case you have the need for Sidnafil (Viagra), DO CONSULT your doctor. This is very important.


Consult your doctor if you have any one of the following symptoms...
  • Chest pain after or during Sex.
  • Rapid breathing and elevated pulse 15 minutes or longer after sex.
  • Palpitations continuing 15 after sex.
  • Sleeplessness after sex
  • If you feel extreme fatigue the next day.
 
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