Your family members can help you in your recovery.
For example, your partner can exercise with you and provide support and encouragement. Or, they can join in eating in a healthy diet, encouraging you to complete a rehab program or quit smoking, and reminding you to take medicine.
Family members can also watch your mood. Depression is common after a heart attack. Those close to you should encourage you to get help and call the healthcare provider if they notice changes.
Sometimes family or friends can get
in the way of your recovery. For instance, if a family member smokes or drinks alcohol,
it may make it harder for you to stop. You might have to stay away from smokers or not
allow smoking in your home. The same may be an issue if someone in your home uses
alcohol or other recreational substances.
Talking to your friends and family
can help identify concerns and areas for improvement. Support groups are available in
many communities. Together, you can find a way to support a healthier lifestyle for you
and your heart.