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Recovery and Cardiac Rehab

  • 1.  Recovery and Cardiac Rehab

    Posted 03-23-2018 10:15
    Hi Mary & others,
    I totally agree on the importance of Cardiac Rehab.  I had 3X bypass in 2009 and CR really helped me get back on my feet.  I was also told to walk 3X a day, gradually increasing to 20 minutes 3X a day.  When I started I could only walk for 4 minutes without a rest.  I decided to carry a timer in my pocket and add a minute each day until I reached the 20 minute goal.  That helped "keep me honest" and wasn't too difficult to do.  Some days I walked less, depending on my energy, but I kept moving in the right direction.  The reward was I was able to hike in Germany six months later.  Walking is great exercise and it is FREE!  Wishing you well as you move forward.

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    Barbara Grosch
    Palo Cedro CA
    (530) 549-4872
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  • 2.  RE: Recovery and Cardiac Rehab

    Posted 03-26-2018 16:15
    Barbra congratulations on taking charge of your recovery. Hiking and travelling to Germany sounds like an amazing reward!

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    Patricia
    NC
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  • 3.  RE: Recovery and Cardiac Rehab

    Posted 06-19-2018 12:22

    Hello
    Can't agree more about re-hab and walking.  after my triple bi-pass I heard about the importance of rehab but fell into a black hole with my HMO and did not know how to start the program.  Through Mended Hearts I got into a great rehap program at the hospital and it was covered by medicare and did not cost a dime.  I finished my rehab program and have joined a nice gym that has 29min cardiac circuit which I try to do 3-4 times a week.  Its been one year since my surgery and I feel good more days then not.  Another benefit is I lost 50lbs in this process.

    Take care
    Jason



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    Jason fell
    Tracy Ca. CA
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  • 4.  RE: Recovery and Cardiac Rehab

    Posted 06-20-2018 07:38
    My experiences after quintuple bypass in January, 2007, was how helpful rehab was as I struggled through post-surgery complications that were finally settled by lung surgery the last week of April. I realized the importance of walking but there were days when I needed a bit of push. Humor and image helped, as when my wife would help me on with a decorative robe, the type that are only bough for men by their wife, over my standard elastic ban shorts. After joking that I felt like Muhammad Ali. I stood a little taller and walked a little straighter, at least for the first few steps.

    My 50 years of studying how to be more efficient in my use of time, including teaching a course in time and motion, all support that physical movement greatly improves mental acumen. As a current writer/investor, I notice the improvement in my output when I add exercise in one of two ways. During my morning walks my sub-conscious offers insight into business and family issues, and pushing back from the computer helps during the other times. I am a numbers guy, and I like the system I learned in NROTC in 1962 of take 10 minutes off per hour to get up and walk around. The results are worth the efforts ten times over.     






  • 5.  RE: Recovery and Cardiac Rehab

    Posted 06-20-2018 10:54
    Jason,
    What did you mean when you said that through Mended Hearts you got involved in a rehab program? I'm a visitor for Mended Hearts but I don't know anything about a rehab program that they have. 
    Thanks