Don’t Be stubborn…….Know Your Medications!
Keeping that new list of medications and understanding their purpose is part of accountability for taking control of a disease. The task of moving forward towards healing stars with the knowledge of medication.
“But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.”
Foggy brain, difficulty remembering, little interest in doing anything, overwhelmed by a new diagnosis…..all are symptoms of a recovering heart patient. It’s difficult to process all the new information, especially in a hospital setting. So, when you receive that list of confusing, imperative, heal your heart prescriptions for maintaining life……..the usual response is:
Now, you want me to remember the difficult to pronounce, make me feel like crap, medication I have to take every day?
Yes! I do!
Don’t be like the Israelite’s who were stubborn and refused to submit to the all wise and knowing God. Not that your health care provider is classified as such, but in the times we live in, God did provide you quality care, He did intervene and pull you through the experience, and He will continue to guide you……with the help of your doctor.
If you can’t remember your medication, print it on a card with simple words to describe what it is for. Most, no ALL, pharmacies will even give you a detailed print out of what the drugs do, what interacts with them, when to take them with food (or not), and a list of side effects to report to your doctor.
Take advantage of that and use it. I’ll even make you a cheat sheet, here are the top 5 medications prescribed for heart patients in my 20 years as a bedside nurse ( You can click on the medication to learn all the details from the National Institute of health, what I’ve stated is from my own knowledge and experience):
1. Plavix or Brilinta —–Efient
It keeps platelets from aggregating and forming a clot, you’ll be on it 1 yr post heart attack.(May or may not be prescribed for Open Heart patients)
2. Metoprolol or Coreg (Carvedilol)
They are a beta blockers. It slows the heart rate, so the heart is not working so hard.
It has some blood pressure lowering capability as well. It sometimes makes
people feel really tired the first few weeks until the body adjusts.
It’s an ace inhibitor. It lowers blood pressure. In some people it can raise blood potassium levels.
This well known pain medication, thins the blood.
(Simvistatin, Atorvastatin, etc.)
Cholesterol medication that lowers LDL cholesterol.
” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.”
He can restore your stubborn heart today too, dear friend! Just stretch out your hand to Him, follow what you are instructed, and have a blessed day.
We talked about knowing your numbers yesterday. Continue reading all labels and look at the amounts of cholesterol in the food you eat. Here is resource forfoods high in cholesterol.
It’s hot, go swimming.