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People with Heart Disease Want Lifestyle Tips and Empathy from Their Doctors 550% More Than They Want New Medications, Survey Finds

MyHealthTeams, creator of a social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, has unveiled new…

  • November 16, 2019

MyHealthTeams, creator of a social networks for people facing chronic health conditions, has unveiled new research conducted among the more than 21,000 registered members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam, the social network for patients with heart disease.

A majority (56%) of those surveyed report they are either not satisfied or only somewhat satisfied with their current treatment. Yet when asked what they most want from their doctor, only 8% said “new treatments.”

More than five times as many respondents prioritized wanting their cardiologist to provide “more information” on recommended lifestyle changes (22%) and “listening and understanding” about the challenges of managing their heart disease (22%).

Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of people with Heart Disease know the importance of making lifestyle changes to improve their condition around diet and exercise, and they want to make those changes. The problem is that they do not always know how to safely make those changes.

MyHealthTeams identified two key areas in which people living with heart disease know they want to improve – but aren’t sure what to do or how to start:

Exercise: 75% understand the importance of exercise, but 70% report their condition makes it hard to exercise and they’re not sure how to start or how to safely exercise. Nearly half of the respondents have had a heart attack in the past and live in constant fear of another heart attack.

Exertion and exercise often trigger symptoms of chest pain from angina that leaves patients wondering, “Is this a heart attack? Should I be going to the ER?” They want specific tips from their doctors on safe ways to start exercising.

Diet: 85% of those surveyed report they understand the importance of a healthy diet, but most do not know how to effectively change their eating habits.

They want practical tips on foods to eat, recipes to try and grocery lists to follow. This is rarely offered in the doctor’s office.

Quality of Life

The impact of heart disease on daily life is wide-ranging, with survey respondents reporting challenges including:

  • Hard to do everyday chores (65%)
  • Interferes with social life (58%)
  • Hard to sleep at night (57%)
  • Makes me feel isolated / alone (50%)
  • Disrupts work / education (45%)
  • Hard to be sexually active (43%)
  • Negatively impacts family (41%)

This research was conducted among the more than 21,000 registered members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam.

Find out more at www.myhealthteams.com

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