How to recover after a heart attack, according to cardiologists

Create SMART goals in the short term

From sleep to what you nibble, your habits can help you or hurt your heart. But everything does not necessarily require a change to 180 degrees overnight. "Make a checklist of short-term goals, such as" I will not drink soda this week "or" I will avoid fried foods Monday through Friday, "says Dr. Rivera.

A bit more CLEVER (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound objectives) he passes to the patients:

• Find a smoking cessation program or make an appointment with a doctor who can help me quit smoking next month.

• Take 5,000 steps a day for the next three weeks, then increase to 10,000 steps a day.

• Sleep at least seven hours each night this month.

• Identify three causes of daily stress and try to eliminate or tame them