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Support the heart patient

You can support your loved one in many ways.

  • Attend clinic appointments with the patient. Write down any instructions, help ask questions and help remember answers.
  • Ask your health care team to recommend support groups and educational classes. Attend alone or with the patient.
  • If the patient is in the hospital, "rehearse" helping the patient get in and out of chairs, bed and the bathroom in front of a nurse. Then you'll know how to do it once you get home.
  • Make a list of all important phone numbers and put a copy on the refrigerator and one by the bedside.
  • Ask the health care team to carefully explain the medicine plan to you. Take notes.
  • Ask the health care team to carefully explain the eating plan to you. Take notes.
  • Help shop, prepare and arrange for healthy meals that fit the new eating plan.
  • Record appointment times for rehabilitation, clinic visits, home health care and other services. Help the patient arrange transportation, if need be.
  • Make a list of patient's questions for the health care team, and add in your own.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts