Care Transitions:  Myocardial Infarction - Part 3

Jun 05, 2012

Upon discharge, a hospital will provide a rehabilitation plan for its heart attack patients.  Communication of this plan to the patient, family members and/or professional caregivers is absolutely essential, as is a follow-up visit to a physician.  While we are not digging into clinical rehabilitation in any of our blogs, there are a number of things that family or caregivers should know to encourage a heart patient in their recovery:

  • Walk daily, gradually increasing distance, as tolerated.
  • Encourage patient to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, with rest periods of up to 30 minutes throughout the day.
  • Eat three or four small meals per day, rather than two or three large, heavy meals.  REst for one hour after each meal.
  • Limit caffeine intake.
  • Remind patient to take medications according to physician-prescribed regimen

Stay with us for our next blog, as we cover the fourth diagnosis being measured by the CMS, Pneumonia.