Getting your patients to successfully change their behavior to improve their risk of recurrent MI may be challenging. Often, using motivational interviewing techniques can really help them to see their own behaviour patterns and how to change their mindset.
Try asking your patients some motivational interviewing open-ended questions:7
- “What would be the good things about changing?”
- “How can I help you get past some of the difficulties you are experiencing?”
- “What is the best thing you could imagine that could result from changing?”
Effective behaviour change can be combined with a treatment-based approach to address your post-MI patients’ risk of recurrent MI. You may want to explore what treatment options are suitable for your patients’ continued care. Major international guidelines recommend that post-MI patients at high ischaemic risk who receive further treatments.8-14
Consider that your patients may not be familiar with terms like MI, STEMI or NSTEMI. Explain to your patient that these are all different ways of describing a heart attack.