After a heart attack, it can be difficult to trust your own body again. Suddenly, the beating of your heart, something you have been able to count on without thinking about it, no longer feels like a “sure thing”. While confidence usually returns in time, it helps to have support from others who have had a similar experience. It also helps to know that your heart is healthy enough for routine exercise. In Cardiac Rehab, fellow patients share their stories while exercising under the supervision of a cardiac rehab nurse. Patients who have had a very recent experience can talk to maintenance phase patients whose heart event was long ago. This helps them realize that others have been through this successfully, giving them confidence that they can do the same. Fellow patients can also encourage one another to stick to their rehab, thus helping with one another’s recovery.
Cardiac Rehab: 765-932-7502