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The Role of a Caregiver
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Caregivers and loved ones of women heart patients manage a wide range of tasks and responsibilities. Here are some insights to help caregivers ensure the health and well-being of the women with heart disease they care for:

 

  

As a caregiver, you are a patient advocate.

  • Learn as much as you can about the heart condition of the woman heart patient you are caring for. 
  • Go to her doctor visits with her and get to know her healthcare team.
  • Ask questions on her behalf if you are not sure you understand what the doctor said.
  • Talk to her pharmacist about the medications she is taking so you know what each one is for.

As a caregiver, you are here to help her take care of herself. 

  • Encourage the woman with heart disease you love and care for to take her medications as prescribed. 
  • Keep a list of the medications she is taking so you can gently remind her to take them and so you are ready in case of an emergency. 
  • Review the family diet and encourage healthy eating. 
  • Ask her doctor about exercise restrictions and encourage her to exercise within the limits recommended by her doctor.
  • Take over heavier household and yard chores.

As a caregiver, you are an important source of emotional and social support. 

  • Listen her and learn to understand the fears she is experiencing as a result of her heart condition. 
  • Do fun activities that you both enjoy. 
  • Gather a caregiving team of friends and family who can help you when you get tired or frustrated. 
  • Encourage her to attend a WomenHeart Support Network led by other women living with heart disease.
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