In my last blog I discussed chest discomfort; so let’s just say you did end up having a heart issue. What is the next step? If you have coronary artery disease (blockage in the arteries of your heart) there are many options for an individual to help themselves improve and prolong their health. Here are a few suggestions:
♥️ Enroll in a Phase II Cardiac Rehab Program (If eligible)
♥️ Exercise 3-5x/week
♥️ Start a Mediterranean Diet
♥️Reduce your stress level
♥️ Lose weight
♥️ Talk to someone about what you are feeling
♥️ Start to take care of you
♥️ Laugh more
Positive lifestyle changes have been shown to reduce the progression of coronary artery disease. This can be very overwhelming at the beginning so; I suggest you start by focusing on one area and once you have accomplished that then move on to the next one. You will feel better and your body will thank you.
Remember, you only have one body and it’s never too late to make healthier lifestyle changes.
Of course, if you need help, I am available to help.
Stuart Thilmany is the owner of Keep the Beat Wellness, a health and wellness studio specializing in personal and small group training for baby boomers, seniors and individuals with various medical conditions where exercise programs are tailored to the individual’s needs.