Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer For Medicare For Providers For Brokers For Employers Español For Individuals & Families: For Individuals & Families Medical Dental Other Supplemental Explore coverage through work How to Buy Health Insurance Types of Dental Insurance Open Enrollment vs. Special Enrollment See all topics Shop for Medicare plans Member Guide Find a Doctor Log in to myCigna
Home Knowledge Center Wellness Library Coronary Artery Disease: Helping a Loved One

Coronary Artery Disease: Helping a Loved One

Getting Started

Helping with daily activities

If you have a family member or other loved one who has coronary artery disease, you may want to know what you can do to help. Your loved one might need a little help with daily activities like managing medicines or cleaning the house. There are things you can do to help.

  • Ask how you can help.

    It can be hard for someone to ask for the help and support they want or need. Your loved one may be waiting for you to offer help.

  • Help with shopping for and preparing food.

    Your loved one may have trouble getting out of the house to shop for food and may depend on others for what he or she eats. If you can, also ask neighbors and friends to help with grocery shopping. And you can help your loved one eat heart-healthy foods by helping to cook meals and make snacks.

  • Do some cleaning.

    Cleaning the house may be hard for your loved one. But a clean environment can be important for both mood and health (helps prevent infections). You might want to help clean your loved one's house regularly or hire a cleaning service.

  • Keep the house temperature comfortable.

    Do your best to keep the temperature and humidity comfortable. Your loved one's comfort level may get worse during hot, humid days, so air conditioners should be used during the summer, if possible.

  • Provide transportation.

    If your loved one cannot drive, you can help drive to run errands or go to doctor appointments.

  • Help keep track of medicines.

    People with heart disease typically take a few medicines each day. Make sure that your loved one can afford to pay for the medicines. Help out by organizing the medicines. Get a pillbox that holds a week's worth of pills, and fill the pillbox for your loved one, if needed.

Giving emotional support

Connecting to family, friends, and other people is good for your loved one and for his or her heart. Sometimes living with coronary artery disease can feel like too much for one person to handle. But you can help your loved one by providing emotional support. Here are some ways to help.

  • Offer encouragement.

    It can be hard to make lifestyle changes such as eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer fatty foods. Encourage your loved one to keep trying and to ask for help. You may also offer to alter your own diet or lifestyle to encourage healthy behaviors. This is particularly true for smoking, since it can be nearly impossible for someone to quit smoking if there is another smoker in the home.

  • Help and encourage your loved one to be active.

    Help your loved one with his or her activity goals. Walk or do other activities together. Your loved one will likely try to do moderate activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. The goal might be to exercise for at least 2½ hours a week.

  • Ask if you can help with doctor visits.

    You can offer support by sitting in on doctor visits and taking notes. This can help your loved one remember important instructions. He or she may also feel less alone.

  • Help with paperwork and planning.

    There is a lot of paperwork in health care. You can help by offering to review all insurance policies and finances and contacting professional help if it's needed.

By providing support, you may find that it brings you closer to each other. It can also make your relationship stronger.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

© 1995-2022 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Related Links

Helping a Loved One After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Caregiver Tips Heart Attack and Unstable Angina Coronary Artery Disease

<cipublic-spinner variant="large"><span>Loading…</span></cipublic-spinner>

Page Footer

I want to...

Get an ID card File a claim View my claims and EOBs Check coverage under my plan See prescription drug list Find an in-network doctor, dentist, or facility Find a form Find 1095-B tax form information View the Cigna Glossary Contact Cigna

Audiences

Individuals and Families Medicare Employers Brokers Providers

Secure Member Sites

myCigna member portal Health Care Provider portal Cigna for Employers Client Resource Portal Cigna for Brokers

Cigna Company Information

About Cigna Company Profile Careers Newsroom Investors Suppliers Third Party Administrators International Evernorth

 Cigna. All rights reserved.

Privacy Legal Product Disclosures Cigna Company Names Customer Rights Accessibility Non-Discrimination Notice [PDF] Language Assistance [PDF] Report Fraud Sitemap

Disclaimer

Individual and family medical and dental insurance plans are insured by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (CHLIC), Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Illinois, Inc., and Cigna HealthCare of North Carolina, Inc. Group health insurance and health benefit plans are insured or administered by CHLIC, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CGLIC), or their affiliates (see a listing of the legal entities  that insure or administer group HMO, dental HMO, and other products or services in your state). Accidental Injury, Critical Illness, and Hospital Care plans or insurance policies are distributed exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, are administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and are insured by either (i) Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (Bloomfield, CT); (ii) Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”) (Philadelphia, PA); or (iii) New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (“NYLGICNY”) (New York, NY), formerly known as Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The Cigna name, logo, and other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. LINA and NYLGICNY are not affiliates of Cigna.

All insurance policies and group benefit plans contain exclusions and limitations. For availability, costs and complete details of coverage, contact a licensed agent or Cigna sales representative. This website is not intended for residents of New Mexico.

Selecting these links will take you away from Cigna.com to another website, which may be a non-Cigna website. Cigna may not control the content or links of non-Cigna websites. Details