At Venocure, we treat more than just varicose veins and other venous diseases. Our vein doctors in Dearborn and Brownstown aim to provide the best treatment for common heart diseases for both men and women. If you have recently been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disorder, we understand that living with a difficult diagnosis like heart disease is not easy. When you choose to treat with Venocure, you can rest easy knowing that you are in the hands of passionate, caring, and knowledgeable cardio doctors.
While we take care of the medical aspects of your heart disease treatment, take some time to learn what you can expect moving forward with your diagnosis. Treating your heart disease is important; however, you do need to manage your mental state and overall wellbeing. Continue reading to learn more.
Coping With The News
It is very common for people to experience many types of emotional distress after they are informed of a serious heart condition. Behavioral disturbances can occur and cause unhealthy mental illnesses like depression and anxiety disorders. Not only does anxiety and depression affect your mental health, but they can also take a serious toll on the symptoms you are suffering from as a result of your heart disease.
It’s important to listen to your body and be in tune with every part of your body. Recognizing that you may not be coping well with the diagnosis is the first (and biggest) step to an effective treatment plan. Many people don’t realize that their cognitive health plays a huge role in their overall health. It’s okay to reach out to your loved ones or physicians and let them know what you might be experiencing. Opening the door to communicate your struggles will serve you well long term.
What Are The Risks and How Will It Affect My Health?
Knowing what your risks are and your ability to change them can help prevent any other serious problems from occurring. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of deaths in our country, although there is no one cause of heart disease, it can be prevented. There are two types of risk factors for heart disease: risks you can’t change and preventable risks.
The unavoidable risks include:
- Age: as you get older, heart disease risks become greater
- Gender: Men have a higher risk of heart disease than women
- Ethnic background: Different ethnicities pose higher risks than others
- Family history: If someone in your family (bloodline) has suffered a heart attack or has a heart disease, you hold a higher chance of being diagnosed in your lifetime
There are risk factors to heart disease that are within our control, and we can still work on them even after a diagnosis. These factors include:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Unhealthy diet
The most important habit that you can get into immediately after a heart disease diagnosis is diet and exercise. Additionally, if you are smoker, we cannot stress enough how important it is that you give up the habit once and for all. Maintaining a healthy diet full of nutrient-dense foods and mild exercise on a regular basis will be critical to your heart health and treatment moving forward. Be sure to discuss how much exercise is appropriate for you and your condition to avoid anything that is too strenuous. Your quality of life doesn’t have to take a huge detour. Keep the communication open with your doctor, attend your treatments, and take care of yourself. You may notice that your lifestyle living with heart disease has improved prior to how you lived before the diagnosis.
It may feel like everything in your life is changing all at once. And it very well could be. But wouldn’t you agree that your lifestyle needs to change in order for you to manage the disease and effectively treat it? Creating order to the chaos will help you feel more at ease and motivated to keep you on track. Consider getting help from dieticians, a second opinion, or support groups to help get you the answers that you’re looking for.
Some other key tools for staying focused are:
- Developing a plan.
- Set realistic goals and targets.
- Make one change at a time.
- Prepare for setbacks.
- Reward yourself with the progress (without undermining your overall plan).
- Stay connected with friends and family.
We don’t want to sugarcoat something as serious as a heart condition diagnosis. Life with a heart disease is going to be different and it will present a few challenges. But it is manageable and all in how you choose to live with it. Once your doctor has given their treatment recommendations, contact Venocure and schedule a consultation with our cardio doctors and take the first step in managing your life with a heart disease