Cardiac Rehabilitation for LVAD Heart Transplant Patient at Helen Hayes Hospital Part 2


While I’m on the treadmill I’m
hooked up to monitors that measure, principally measure my my heart rate and
also my blood pressure is taken. And obviously we have nurses around here
supervising so that in case anything were to go wrong with me health-wise or
otherwise they could they could attend to me. I get on to the treadmill and I
set it first for a very slow pace just to warm up and then eventually
we set it at an incline and a speed level. With each week with Jennifer
and Michelle’s supervision, we notch it up a little bit. We bring the incline up
a half degree or bring bring up the speed a little bit and again it’s been
great that to start out at a slower speed and now now I’m at a really nice
clip and a nice incline. When I am done with the program I can go out and be
more physically active without straining. Again it’s been a welcome
part of my routine when you are a heart patient. While you’re healing it
can be very boring it can be very isolated, and just to be to have
something to look forward to every three times a week has been great. There are
also seminars and lectures that the department hosts. They give information
about eating habits or exercise habits lifestyle habits. So physically it’s it’s
there’s been a definite improvement for me in terms of energy and what I’m
capable of doing and and emotionally and mentally it’s been very important to me
and and and very much something I’ve looked forward to. It just,
it gives us sometimes again it gives me a reason to get up and get off my butt
and come in and an exercise and interact with with people other other than my
caregiver. As far as cardiac rehab all I could say, of course, is if you
have the opportunity if you are in my, if you’re in a situation where
you’re having heart difficulties and your doctor recommends that you go, by
all means go. There’s no reason not to. It’s an hour out of my day three times a
week. That’s three hours out of how many hours
am i hanging around staring at my phone. How many hours am I watching television.
So three hours that could be used to benefit me to prolong my life, for years.
It’s a small investment for such a large potential payback and again, it’s
something I enjoy. I would very much recommend cardio rehab to anybody going
through any issue especially post-surgery, anybody in a similar
circumstance to mine. It’s not only something worth recommending,I believe
it’s vital. I believe it’s it’s as important as pretty much any other
step in the process. The next step in the recovery is waiting, for the heart. That’s
the real next step. I mean while I am waiting, obviously I have regular
appointments with my cardiologist so we keep things monitored, my blood
pressure, my heart rate. When I have finished with the program here for the
cardio rehab it is then up to me to continue the things I have learned and
the habits that I have begun. It will be my responsibility to get out there, the
weather is beautiful now. It’s spring and I think it’s gonna stay spring, so I can
get out there and I can walk .The goal is to keep going but this isn’t, there
is no end to it. It’s it’s only the beginning and I may rejoin the gym.
Cardiac rehab will be a vital part of my process once I have a new transplant of
a heart and it is getting that transplant is a scary proposition. I am
so looking forward to it, because in that case I will be more independent. I will
be able to drive to cardiac rehab without my wife having to take me.
Cardiac rehab will help, you know, I like to say energy creates energy, and
and lethargy creates more lethargy. It’s very easy not to do things. It’s so
much easier to not do things than to do things, but when you actually get up and
you do them there is that feeling of accomplishment.
I very much will be returning to cardio cardiac rehab once I have heart
transplant and I am quite certain that it will be here at Helen Hayes Hospital.

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