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Life after heart attack and with CHD

New life with coronary artery disease (CAD) or life after heart attack with stent can be challenging. But how do you live with CHD and after a heart attack?

We can do many small things in our lives to strengthen our heart. After all, this is at least as important as regularly taking CHD medication and going to the doctor. This includes taking inspiration from Mediterranean cuisine and eating heart-healthy foods, releasing happy hormones and reducing stress by exercising regularly after a heart attack and with CHD, giving our hearts breaks to catch their breath, and keeping track of vital signs such as blood pressure and pulse.

That sounds like a lot? Understandable - if you try everything at once. Before or after rehab - learn how to strengthen the heart step by step while enjoying your life. Here we go.


At a glance

Exercise is good for the soul and the heart! What matters most is that you exercise regularly after a heart attack or with coronary heart disease. Recommended is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, e.g. 6 sessions of 25 minutes each. You can find suitable exercises after a heart attack in a cardiac sports group or in the Vantis Heart App.

Delicious and fresh it should be! It is recommended the Mediterranean diet and little salt as a diet after heart attack and with CHD. You can achieve this by mainly eating unprocessed foods and reducing your daily salt consumption to less than 5g. This corresponds to about one level teaspoon or 100g of salt sticks.

Severe, prolonged stress in the absence of rest is considered an important CHD cause and heart attack trigger. A high stress level can increase blood pressure and make a heart attack due to stress more likely! Therefore, keep an eye on vital signs such as blood pressure and pulse every day.

Nutrition after heart attack and with CHD - What diet is good for the heart?

What should not be eaten with CHD? What drink is good for the heart? Do you also ask yourself questions about questions?

The answer: Delicious and fresh it should be! From the European Guidelines as Nutrition recommended for heart disease, the Mediterranean diet, also Mediterranean diet called. The Mediterranean diet is considered in combination with a low salt intake of less than 5g of salt per day (about one level teaspoon or 100g of salt sticks) as a particularly heart-healthy diet.

The Mediterranean diet tastes like a vacation, is easy to prepare and can be a real treat even with inexpensive food. Because they relies mainly on unprocessed food, much fruit and vegetables, greasy fish, Olive oil and little sugar. This also makes it suitable as Diet after heart attack with stent and for coronary artery disease sufferers suitable. You can learn more about the Mediterranean diet and how you can easily incorporate it into your everyday life, for example, in our article "Eating heart healthy with the Mediterranean food pyramid". Do you want to know right now how heart-healthy your diet is? Find out with the Nutrition Coach out in the Vantis Heart App!

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Sport after heart attack and Co. - Which sport for CHD?

For the question "How long should you take it easy after a heart attack?" applies: Already shortly after a Heart attack or at many Heart disease becomes Regular movement by cardiologists and heart experts recommended. In doing so, the European Heart Disease Guidelines advise to At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week - spread over several days. Because especially on regular exercise is important for heart patients to. 25 minutes of exercise for 6 days the week take up only 1.5 % of your day and can be accommodated in any daily routine!  

Learn more in our articles, what sport for coronary heart disease or what exercises after myocardial infarction. are suitable and how you can work with a Cardiac sports group Rehab sports can practice. You want to start directly with cardiac sports? Then take a look at the Vantis movement coach on!

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Palpitations, heart palpitations and arrhythmias due to stress - How can my mind support my heart?

Often, we think that we should do everything possible to Heart problems due to stress at avoid. Cardiac stuttering or even cardiac arrhythmia - . how does the heart react to stress? One also hears again and again from the Heart attack due to stress. Body and mind are one! Stress is considered one of the Most common heart attack causes. Especially for patients the coronary heart disease and Affected by a Heart attack is the proper management of stress and recovery for the heart is therefore particularly important. Learn more about this in our articles, how stress can trigger palpitations and co. and How to deal with stress in CHD and after a heart attack. This makes life with CHD or after a heart attack more relaxed!

As a heart patient, what vital signs should I always keep in mind?

Important Vital signsthat you should keep an eye on every day as a heart patient are Blood pressure and pulse. This will allow you to see if you are affected by Hypertension (med. hypertension) or a low blood pressure (med. hypotension) are affected and whether your Pulse high (med. tachycardia) or low (med. bradycardia). Measure blood pressure regularly, e.g. in the morning after getting up, with a Blood pressure monitor is therefore particularly important for heart patients. important

But how high should the blood pressure be in CHD? It is recommended:

  • Systolic blood pressure (upper value): between 120 and 130 mmHg (between 130 and 140 mmHg in patients > 65 years). 
  • Diastolic blood pressure (lower value): less than 90 mmHg

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What blood values are elevated in heart problems?

Important Heart Blood values, which you can use especially as CHD patient should be checked regularly are the Blood lipid values LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), HDL cholesterol (English, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and the Long-term glucose value HbA1c. In doing so, the European Guidelines recommend:

  • Lower LDL cholesterol and keep it low (<1.4 mmol/l or <55mg/dl)
  • Reduce long-term glucose HbA1c and keep it low (<7 %, or 53 mmol/l).
  • Increase HDL cholesterol 

Let these Blood values regular From a cardiologist or your family doctor check.

Learn more in our articles, what sport for coronary heart disease or what exercises after myocardial infarction. are suitable and how you can work with a Cardiac sports group Rehab sports can practice. You want to start directly with cardiac sports? Then take a look at the Vantis movement coach on!

Life after heart attack and with coronary heart disease - what about smoking, alcohol, etc.?

Stress, sociability or simply habit make us quickly to stimulants such as alcohol and cigarettes grasp. But Alcohol damages the heart? Should you stop smoking for the heart

For heart patients, it depends! You can continue to treat yourself - in moderation. According to a Heart attack or with coronary heart disease (CHD) becomes a Stop smoking urgent recommendedsmoking is considered a risk factor and cause of heart diseases such as coronary heart disease. It is also recommended that heart patients should maximum 10g alcohol per day is consumed. This is roughly equivalent to a small glass of beer or a double shot of schnapps.

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We are all different, and that's a good thing! In particular, before making any dietary changes or changes to your exercise routine, seek advice from your attending physician. Because he knows you best and can recommend a therapy tailored to you!

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