Six years ago my husband had a heart attack. It was a very bad one the kind where the doctor tells you “I don’t know if he will make it through the night”? It was a horrible time for me and my family and it is something you will never get over if it happens to you or a loved one. Your life will change or so it should after a heart attack.
Once he was stable I left my husband in the hospital and went home with my kids. I couldn’t sleep and nether could my over 21 son so we had a glass of wine cooler before going to bed. I don’t drink so this was new territory for me. It did help me sleep and my son too. In the morning we knew we had a hard day so we had some coffee. We didn’t drink coffee before the heart attack ether. I would say if your spouse has a heart attack go ahead and drink but it does not solve your problems. My son and I were able to go back to not drinking after all the hulla bulla was better but we decided we liked coffee and got my husband into it also. It is now one of the few things he can enjoy after his heart attack.
I learned every heart attack is different so you can’t really compare your personal one to anyone else’s. Different arteries can be affected in different ways. Do what you are told to do at the hospital and learn all you can.
If your husband survives you need to make lifestyle changes. You need to make the changes too so it is easier for your husband. No more butter and skip the margarine. Keep away from beef or anything that comes from a cow. You learn to use olive oil, chicken, turkey and almond cheese instead. Your diet should have less fat in it.
You and your family may even have personality changes. You realize more that life is precious and it can be taken away unexpectedly in a variety of ways. My husband became easier to live with. He no longer has a bad temper. Yeah for that but it did take a couple years after the heart attack for it to go away.
If your husband has a heart attack you will need to be at the hospital as much as you can but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and take care of the pets and household. It is impossible to be at the hospital all the time so don’t expect yourself to do it.
Try to keep the schedule at home as much the same as you can. If you have kids and your child has a concert they need to go to then try to make it. Of course you need to be at the hospital when there is something important like a surgery. Don’t protect your child from what is happening since they are part of the family.
You may see some things that make you sick. After my husband had a quadruple bypass he was put into intensive care and my kids and I saw the aftermath of tubes coming out of his chest. This was very upsetting. Don’t expect your husband to always look good, it won’t happen.
After your husband gets home from the hospital you will need to help him take showers, dress and clean up. Make healthy foods that are small portions and eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. You will need to talk to him about all the changes in the diet and all the things that happened at the hospital. It is hard for them to remember what the hospital says he needs to do and change.
For more information on heart health you can go on the net to http://www.coolnurse.com/cardiac.htm.