Dr. Cardiologist’s nurse called back. She said that Dr. Cardiologist would really prefer that I do the cardiac rehab – I may not need the entire 3-month program, but he’d like me to go for at least the first few weeks. He also said I can do my preferred exercise on the days I’m not doing cardiac rehab.
I listen to the people who saved my life. Dr. Cardiologist says go to cardiac rehab – I’m going to cardiac rehab.
Frankly, I know this is reasonable, given the evidence that cardiac rehab is a good thing.
“Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation include:
- A 20-30% reduction in all-cause mortality
- Decreased mortality at up to 5 years post participation
- Reduced symptoms (angina, dyspnea, fatigue)
- Reduction in nonfatal recurrent myocardial infarction over median follow-up of 12 months
- Improved adherence with preventive rates
- Increased exercise performance
- Improved health factors like lipids and blood pressure
- Increased knowledge about cardiac disease and its management
- Enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living
- Improved health-related quality of life
- Improved psychosocial symptoms
- Reduced hospitalizations and use of medical resources”
For the most part, I want the stuff on that list. I mean, I’m not sure what “improved psychosocial symptoms” means. Also, I don’t exactly struggle with performing the activities of daily living (and that’s saying something, I live on the fourth floor of a walk-up). But I get the gist of it – cardiac rehab means more medical guidance in creating the ideal lifestyle for someone with heart disease and it is associated prevention of premature death.
What I need is to have a good attitude about this. My doctor, whom I trust, wants me to do it. I have insurance that covers it. And it’s a great opportunity for education and support – I love education and support.
So, I am going to cardiac rehab, and dammit, I’m gonna like it!