If you’ve suffered a pre-heart attack, you need to learn about some tips to help your body make a full recovery. It’s also essential that you adopt new lifestyle habits to prevent this serious cardiovascular problem.
In today’s article, find out what a pre-heart attack is, what the symptoms are, and how you can respond in a moment of crisis. We’ll also share some important tips on how to recover from this, so you can improve your quality of life in simple and natural ways.
What is a pre-heart attack?
A pre-heart attack is also known as angina pectoris. It happens with the amount of blood that reaches your heart is reduced. This arterial problem requires immediate treatment and subsequent monitoring by a medical professional.
A pre-heart attack is typically caused by an excess of fat that is stored in your coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. It can also be caused by a blood clot, however. While high cholesterol is one of the more common causes of this problem, it can occur at any age and in people with very different physical conditions.
How do you know if you’re suffering a pre-heart attack?
The symptoms of a pre-heart attack usually start gradually and are characterized by the following:
- Pain in one or both arms,
- Discomfort and tightness in the chest,
- Anxiety, fatigue, and difficulty breathing,
- Nausea, dizziness, and vomiting,
- General discomfort,
- Pain in the back, neck, and stomach.
What should you do in the event of a pre-heart attack?
Once you recognize the symptoms, you should also know the steps that must be taken to treat someone who suffers from a pre-heart attack or a heart attack.
Here are some of the most important tips, because reaction time is very important and a life could depend on it:
- Call emergency services.
- Try to calm the person down so they can breathe more easily.
- Loosen their clothing to improve circulation.
- Ask if they take any heart medication that you can administer.
It’s essential to remember that even if a person says they’re fine, don’t deviate from the above protocol for action. Don’t leave them alone and don’t give them any medications that have not been prescribed by a doctor.
Guidelines for recovery
Avoid bad habits
If you’ve had a pre-heart attack you probably already have a strong motivation to change some of your worst lifestyle habits. We’ll list some of the most serious factors that can increase your risk of suffering from another pre-heart attack. You need to change these behaviors as soon as possible:
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Good habits for recovery
What should you keep in mind for recovery?
- The severity of your pre-heart attack will determine how much rest you will need.
- Try to avoid anxiety, stress, or manic emotional states.
- It’s important to rest well at night and take naps if needed.
- Over time, you can gradually increase your activity level and get some moderately intense exercise.
- Don’t make any sudden movements or try to lift a lot of weight. Avoid straining your body, which can be dangerous when your heart attempts to pump a lot of blood while there is still an arterial obstruction. Start with some short walks or light housework.
As we said above, it’s also important to avoid alcohol and tobacco usage, as well as places with lots of secondhand smoke.
A healthy diet
Food will be key to balancing your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and regulating blood pressure. It will also help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your quality of life in general.
Foods to reduce or eliminate include:
- Fatty and processed foods
- Fried foods
- Commercial pastries
- Poor quality cooking oils
- Refined flour
- Processed dairy products
- Sugary sodas
Some of the recommended foods include:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Juices and homemade smoothies
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Superfoods (spirulina, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, cocoa, etc.)
- Natural sweeteners: honey, stevia, xylitol, etc.
- Sea salt or Himalayan salt (in moderation)