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Emotional effects of a heart attack

Many heart patients experience feelings from anger to despair while recovering from a heart attack.

While you probably expect to feel physically frail following a heart attack, you may be surprised to find yourself feeling emotionally out-of-sorts as well. It’s normal to experience a wide range of feelings, such as relief, worry, anger, or depression. These reactions are very common, and most patients find that the negative feelings pass within a few weeks.

Here are some tips to help you get through it:

Take one day at a time - Try not to think too much about next week or next month. Do what you can do today. Enjoy small pleasures: a walk in your neighbourhood, a conversation with a loved one, a snuggle with a pet, or a good meal.

Share your concerns - Talk with family members and friends about your feelings, and ask for support. Be sure to ask for the kind of help you need — if you want a sympathetic ear rather than advice, gently let your loved ones know. Be sure to give family members time to say what they feel and need, too. Supportive relationships may actually help to lengthen your life

Get support from “veterans” - Consider joining a support group for people who have had the same experience. Groups for heart patients can provide emotional support as well as help you develop new ways of handling everyday challenges.

Keep moving – KEEP IN MOTION AS I ALWAYS PUT IT. Regular physical activity not only helps to reduce the risk of future heart problems, but also helps to relieve anxiety, depression, and other difficult feelings. Any regular physical activity — even gentle walking — can help to lift your mood.

Seek help for depression - Up to 20 percent of heart-disease patients battle serious depression, and many more suffer milder cases of the “blues.” If you find yourself feeling sad or discouraged for more than a week or so, be sure to let your doctor know. Counselling and/or medication can often be very helpful. Seeking help is very important, not only because you deserve to enjoy life as fully as possible, but also because heart patients who are successfully treated for depression are less likely to have future serious heart problems.

SOLAL protocol for maintaining good heart function.

Substances that may be beneficial for the heart
Anti-Oxidants – two capsules daily

SAMe – one tablet daily
TMG – two capsules twice a day
Homocysteine reducing factor – One tablet daily
Omega3 – one capsule twice a day
Magnesium – 3 capsules at night

Co-Enzyme Q10 – one capsule twice a day

Foods that can improve the function of the heart
Red Wine may help to protect the Heart from the toxic effects of Free Radicals (due to the Antioxidant effects of Red Wine’s Resveratrol content). references
There are anecdotal reports that Wheat Grass may alleviate some types of Heart disease.
Ginger may increase the contraction strength of the Heart and may improve Energy production in the Heart (due to its ability to increase the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) by the Heart). references
Ginkgo biloba may improve some aspects of Heart function.
Hawthorn may dilate coronary Blood Vessels, may improve Blood Circulation to the Heart, may restore the Heart Muscle wall, may increase Oxygen utilization by the Heart and may protect the Heart from Hypoxia.
Olive Leaf may increase Blood Circulation to the Heart (primarily due to its Oleoeuropein content).

Fish Oils may improve the function of the Heart (due to the Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) content of Fish Oils).
Garlic may alleviate some ailments of the Heart.

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