Cardiac Rehab Is A Go – Stop Complaining

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. iStock_82087951_XLARGE.jpg

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.

To quote the American Heart Foundation:

“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!

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