The more knowledge and better education patients have, the better they understand their disease and learn how to care for themselves. Cardiovascular disease can be overwhelming and there are many details to manage for long-term wellness. Patients need to understand what normal and abnormal heart functions are and what to do when their symptoms flare up. They must understand guidelines for taking medications safely and numerous dietary strategies. All these elements combine to make their lives better or worse depending on how they care for themselves.
Cardiology Materials Can Help Prevent Serious Health Complications
People with these issues need to let their friends and family members know they are trying to make healthy lifestyle changes so their family needs to be aware that these changes are important to them. Cardiology educators (mainly nurses and healthcare professionals) will purchase these materials for their offices and use them when teaching patients how to care for themselves after they leave the office or hospital.
The following risk factors are common with those who have cardiac disease:
- Age: Men at 45, women at 55 (or after menopause)
- Gender: Men are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease
- Family history
- Tobacco use
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Being overweight
- Lack of exercise
- High blood sugar or diabetes
The Best Cardiology Education Materials:
- Are easy to read and comprehend
- Have illustrations that are clear
- Have practical tips regarding lifestyle changes for patients
- Are easy to read
- Have language needs for patients are considered
Patients must know things such as specific medications, cardiac ablation, pacemaker implantation, and other treatments that lead to healthy lifestyle changes. Visuals help break down the complexities of a medical condition into more easily understandable content. Poor visuals in your education materials could prevent the learning required for a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to prioritize clear graphics when choosing cardiac materials.