Have you recently been discharged from the hospital after a heart attack, open heart surgery, angioplasty, stents or valve disease? If so your heart is on the mend. Some things heal faster than others. It depends on what happened. If you had a stent the chances are the heart is irritable and overworked but not seriously damaged. If you had a heart attack or open heart surgery then the heart wall itself sustained some injury. It takes on average 6-8 weeks for the muscle to heal. During this time your doctor will recommend you attend cardiac rehabilitation. The cardiac rehabilitation guides you in the healing, building strength, teaching you signs and symptoms to be watchful for and education of prevention of further issues – however we know heart disease is often progressive and will show up again.
Approximately 30% of the people referred to cardiac rehabilitation attend. There are several reasons for this including cost of co-pays, lack of insurance, work schedule doesn’t allow, distance to travel. Women and minorities are even less likely to attend. For this reason I started this blog to direct people who are mending their hearts and may not have the ability to attend. There is lots of educational materials out there, I hope to bring you some of the best of the best educational materials.
To heal the heart one needs proper medications, to follow an exercise program to improve blood flow to both the heart and the exercising muscles. By strengthening the body, the heart can work with improved efficiency. Nutrition is important in healing, especially understanding the effects of sodium, caffeine, alcohol, high sugar or high fat foods in the diet. Your cholesterol is a part of the picture we will address but not all of it. You need to understand what your numbers mean and how to make lifestyle changes to lessen the risk of further injury to the heart. By learning your signs and symptoms hopefully you can seek medical intervention preventing any further damage. Symptoms can be tough to discern because initially you are scared and wonder if anything and everything is a heart symptom.