Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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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:
  • Learn how to take your blood pressure.
  • Check your blood pressure every day:
    • Keep a log of your results.
    • Report elevated blood pressure to your doctor.
  • If you have diabetes:
  • 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:
    • For men: no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day
    • For women: no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day

Thoracic Dissection Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a dissecting thoracic aneurysm and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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