Aortic Thoracic Dissection Home Care
Home care for a dissecting thoracic aneurysm includes:
- Stop smoking
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
- Eat a healthy heart diet:
- Limit your intake of fat to 30% of your total calories.
- 10% to 15% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil.
- Low cholesterol diet.
- Low salt diet.
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fats
- If you have been prescribed medications to control high cholesterol, so not skip doses.
- Follow an exercise plan developed with your doctor
- Weight loss if you are overweight.
- Take any prescribed heart medications as directed:
- Don't miss doses of your medications
- Be aware of potential drug side effects
- Learn how to take your blood pressure.
- If you have high blood pressure, don't skip doses of your medication
- Check your blood pressure every day:
- If you have diabetes:
- Check your blood sugar every day.
- Keep a log of your results.
- Take your diabetes medication as directed
- Learn how to take your own pulse.
- Control chronic stress and anxiety
- Let your doctor know if you are suffering from severe or prolonged depression.
- Avoid alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation:
Aortic Thoracic Dissection Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have a dissecting thoracic aneurysm and any of the following:
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