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When Should You Call the Doctor After Your Parent Experiences a Heart Attack?

Family Caregivers in Weston MA

Aged man suffering with heart attackThe recovery period after your elderly loved one suffers a heart attack is an important time for you as a family caregiver. This is when you can give your loved one support and encouragement to take the steps and make the choices needed to help the stay healthy and avoid a second heart attack. One of the most important parts of this is knowing when to recognize that your loved one might be experiencing a serious reaction or a problem that requires additional medical care and assistance. Knowing when to call the doctor can ensure that your senior gets the emergency response necessary to preserve their health and guard them into the future.

Get in touch with their doctor immediately if your parent experiences any of the following symptoms after they have a heart attack:

  • Chest pain
  • Tightness or fullness in the chest
  • Pressure or pain in the stomach, arms, jaw, or neck
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting or feeling as though they are going to faint
  • Paleness
  • Sweaty skin
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Pain in the legs
  • Sudden fatigue

It is important to keep in mind that after your elderly loved one suffers a heart attack they are at a far increased risk of suffering another one. This subsequent heart attack can occur very soon after the first or weeks, months, or years later. This makes it critical that you give them the support that they need to re-strengthen their heart after they suffer a heart attack and take the steps they need to to prevent another heart attack. If they are showing any of these symptoms they might be suffering another heart attack and need to get emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

After your parent has suffered a heart attack is an exceptional time to start home care for them. A non-medical caregiver can be with your elderly loved one on a customized schedule designed not just according to their needs, challenges, and limitations, but also their personality, lifestyle, and goals so that they can enjoy a quality of life that is fulfilling, active, engaged, and healthy as they age in place. This can be particularly beneficial if you are a distance caregiver or you are not able to be with your elderly parent as often as you would like to be or feel that they need. This non-medical caregiver can step in to provide additional support and care so that you loved one always gets exactly what they need both when you are with them and not. This means that they will be able to follow through with the medications and instructions given to them by their doctor, adjust their lifestyle to fit with the needs of heart attack recovery, and let you know if there is anything that might be wrong so that you can get them the help that they need.


If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Metrowest Boston, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (781) 559-0073