Living with ACS

December 1, 2023 | 3 min read

A diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), whether for yourself or a loved one, can be emotionally challenging. However, you’re not alone in this journey. More people are successfully managing ACS today due to early detection and improved treatment options.

To enhance your well-being and prevent complications, consider these proactive steps:

  1. Embrace Heart-Healthy Choices Daily: Small changes in your daily choices can have a significant impact on your overall heart health.
  2. Explore a Tailored Exercise Program: Consult your healthcare team to determine the most suitable physical activity for you and establish a routine that aligns with your needs.
  3. Adhere to Medication Prescriptions: Taking your medications as directed is crucial for their effectiveness. If you have questions about dosage or the role of your medications, consult your heart doctor and pharmacist for clarification.
  4. Educate Yourself About Your Condition: Knowledge is empowering. Learn as much as you can about ACS to ask informed questions and actively manage your condition.
  5. Prioritize Ongoing Care: Regular visits and imaging tests with your health team are vital for tracking your condition. Attend these appointments prepared to discuss any changes in your health or well-being.
  6. Engage Family and Friends in Healthy Habits: Enlist the support of loved ones to adopt and sustain healthy habits. Make it enjoyable, such as cooking nutritious meals together or organizing activities like nature hikes, bike rides, or new exercise classes.
  7. Consider Nutrition Guidance: Consult a nutritionist or dietitian to assess your eating habits and create a plan for heart-healthy choices. Receive tips on portion control and food preparation.
  8. Explore Counselling or Support Groups: If feelings of depression or anxiety arise, seeking counselling or joining a support group can be beneficial. Untreated emotional distress is associated with worsening heart disease, including heart attacks.
  9. Manage Stress Positively: Develop constructive ways to cope with stress, as excessive stress can adversely affect both your heart and overall well-being.

Remember, you have a support system in place, and by taking these steps, you empower yourself to manage ACS effectively and enhance your quality of life.