Nurses' Health Secrets

Nurses are the backbone of the medical system. Not only are they on the frontlines of administering and evaluating your treatment, but they are essential to each and every process and procedure that occurs behind the scenes, whether it’s in a hospital or your primary-care provider’s office. Get the inside scoop on getting the best care possible with these tips, courtesy of Sharecare.

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Nurses can provide a wealth of information to patients and their families. Here, a panel of expert nurses give you insider information on receiving the best care from your doctor, getting the most out of every medical visit, and being and smart and effective patient. For more on what nurses want you to know, visit Sharecare.com.

1. Explore alternatives to cover the cost of your medications.
“If you cannot afford to pay for your prescriptions, please tell someone (MD, RN or pharmacist). They will help explore your options – there are options." - Marianne Spurgeon, RN

2. Recovering from a heart attack is more than just physical.
“If you have just found out you have heart disease and are recovering from a heart attack, give yourself time to recover. With today's technology and medications, many patients can recover physically from a heart attack quickly.

Recovering emotionally is also important. Most people go through a normal grieving process when they suffer a ‘loss of health.’ You may feel angry or blue after a heart attack. This is normal. Allow yourself some time to adjust to your new medications and your new image as a person with heart disease. A simple, regular walking program can help you recover and feel better.

It is common for a family member to want to ‘hover’ over a loved one when that loved one has had a heart attack. Sometimes, when this happens, the loved one can feel smothered. If you are trying to limit the loved one's activity, they may feel useless and helpless. The nurse and physicians caring for a patient with a heart attack will generally give you guidelines for the resumption of activity, including sexual activity. It is important to communicate to your loved ones that you are there to support him/her, but trust that they will take care of themselves.” - Linda Martinez RN, ACNS-BC, CMC

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