After a pulmonary embolism (PE), your loved one may need some extra support until they are feeling better and are able to resume their normal activities. You can be an important part of their recovery, and the following tips can help.
Pulmonary embolism caregiver tips
- Learn all you can about PE and what it means for your loved one’s health, including reading through the content on this site. It’s a serious and potentially life-threatening condition, so the more you know, the better prepared you can be to support them in the months following an event.
- Remind them to take their medication, including blood thinners like XARELTO® (rivaroxaban), because it helps reduce the risk of having another PE.
- Understand the side effects of XARELTO® so you know what to look out for during your loved one’s treatment.
- Encourage them to stay active—you can even do it together by making time each week to take a walk in your neighborhood or local park.
- Be a partner in heart-healthy eating by grocery shopping together and choosing lots of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein.
- If they smoke, strongly suggest that they quit. These tips for quitting can help.
This is something that shouldn’t be treated lightly.
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