Support for Heart Disease

Living with heart disease can be an overwhelming experience — but we’re here to help you. Our heart and vascular experts support you in establishing healthy routines, and our coordinated care teams ensure that you stay in control of your day-to-day symptoms. Before, during, and after your treatment, our experts remain dedicated to improving your quality of life.

Learn more about heart and vascular experts at Bayhealth.

Tools and Support Services

Our care teams help you manage your heart condition. We advise you on lifestyle changes that promote wellness, and we introduce you to tools and support services that assist you in navigating your healthcare experience. Online tools like MyChart send you appointment reminders and provide access to medical history and test results, helping you stay on track.

You also have access to dietitians and support groups, including the Healthy Hearts Club, which provides a forum where patients and caregivers can find encouragement and learn how to achieve and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Other resources include Million Hearts Delaware and the American Heart Association (AHA), which provide evidence-based information that can improve cardiovascular health.

Prevention Services

Good care starts with prevention and detection. We provide free screenings for high school students courtesy of the Dover Rotary and Bayhealth Foundation. Through our involvement with the AHA, we support heart-healthy activities and advocacy programs like the annual Heart Walk. Our health and wellness blog offers educational information and advice to help you stay well.

Healthy Habits

The following are useful tips to help you manage life with heart disease.

  • Keep track of weight changes. Weigh yourself every morning before you dress, and take note of any significant differences.
  • Know your blood pressure. Your doctor will tell you the recommended range for your blood pressure. Check it daily, noting major changes.
  • Schedule and attend follow-up appointments. Regular check-ups help your care team stay informed of your health and make useful recommendations.
  • Stay active. Prioritize a comfortable balance of rest and fitness.
  • Take medicine as directed. Set a reminder to take your medication at the same time every day. Follow any additional instructions from your doctor.

Limit or remove the following ingredients from your diet.

  • Salt
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Disodium phosphate

Limit or remove the following high-sodium foods from your diet.

  • Bacon, ham, hot dogs, sausages, and lunch meats
  • Most cheeses
  • Most canned soups and vegetables
  • Most fast foods
  • Any fish or shellfish canned in oil
  • Potato chips, pretzels, and crackers
  • Condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise
  • Salad dressings
  • Pickles and olives

Prioritize fresh foods as well as products that say “low-sodium” or “no sodium” on the label.

Learn more in our downloadable Living with Heart Failure patient guide.

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