When one thinks of therapy, generally what comes to mind is a mental or emotional deep-dive, or a rigorous routine designed to increase mobility or function of joints or muscle groups. How often has therapy for cardiac events come to mind?
I’m Out of the Hospital, Can I Go Back To Work?
Depending on the severity of the cardiac event, you may be able to go back to a modified work load meanwhile working on lifestyle changes, or take on a new, less strenuous role at your job if it’s particularly active or stressful. Either way, you’ll need to follow the advice of your attending physician and medical staff to ensure a healthy recovery. If your doctor prescribes time away from work or live-in rehabilitive care, listen to them and take the necessary precautions.
Support and Strengthen Vital Organs with Therapy
Cardiac Rehabilitation is typically a series of therapies and lifestyle changes designed to both strengthen and reduce stress on your cardiovascular system. This will likely involve dietary changes, including nutrition coaching, quitting smoking, progressively intensifying workouts to exercise your pulmonary and cardiovascular systems, flexibility, stress counseling, and often times medication. Working through improving these different aspects of your life can help you lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, improve arterial elasticity, improve oxygen flow into your lungs and bloodstream, and strengthen supportive muscle groups around your cardiovascular system.
Adapting To A New, Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
After a lifetime of developing patterns including physical activity and diet, making changes can be discouraging. Don’t give up! It’s common to have setbacks and challenges along the way, which is why it’s important to have proper wellness education from a dedicated team of medical professionals at the outset. Bring a loved one into the coaching and information sessions with your therapists so they can both assist and hold you accountable to the lifestyle changes. The key is to build and maintain a strong support network as you step out into what, for some, is a completely new way of living.Tags: cardiovascular therapy, heart attack