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I am starting cardiac rehab tomorrow following two minor heart attacks last spring due to Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). I am wondering what kind of experience others had from rehab. What did you find helpful?
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Hi I am a heart transplant patient from Phoenix and did rehab after my surgery and all was good. I went through riding a bike for 20 minutes, weight training, stretches and curls from a diagram.
Mine was good not hard and the rehab coordinators don’t over push you or potential.
Hope all goes well in rehab and hope all is good.
But most importantly good bless you and your family.
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Toby, I wish you the best of health, too! Thank you for your encouragement and kind concern.
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Same to you.
Hope all is good and it’s going to be great.
Welcome to Connect; thank you so much for joining this group.
I’m tagging @lily1234 @jennifer99 @kakleon @lila @laurahcory and Mentor, @kariulrich, and hope they will return to share their experiences and thoughts with you.
May I suggest checking out these resources too:
– Mayo Clinic Identifies SCAD As Inherited Condition http://mayocl.in/2sLTDaE
– When we think of heart attack victims, we don’t picture a 35-year-old […] http://mayocl.in/2tXg90A
– Want to learn more about SCAD? Micah Materre talks to Dr. Sharonne Hayes http://mayocl.in/2uQ4v4b
– SCAD – Mayo Clinic http://mayocl.in/2uwabAS
– SCAD & Heart Disease” http://mayocl.in/2tOeEl1
@cherfenn @bryans @gailfaith @lynnkay1956 @vivian88, if you are comfortable, would you share your experience with cardiac rehab?
Thank you so much for introducing yourself, and sharing your insights. I was wondering if you’ve seen the Transplant group, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/transplants/ and the Transplant page, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/transplant/ on Connect? They are incredibly informative resources.
Toby, we look forward to getting to know you. May I ask what led to the heart transplant?
Sending good wishes to you, interested in your age and why the transplant. Aren’t we fortunate to live in a time where transplants are an option? I am a recently retired ER RN who was involved in encouraging families to be donors when their horrible events happened. It was very stressful for me, for them, and must be incredibly anxiety producing to be waiting for an organ. God bless you and your family. Linda Libby RN
Thank you, Kanaaz! I am so grateful to the Mayo Clinic for the wonderful care I received there when I visited the Rochester campus for my SCAD work-up.
I had a great first day! I met with the intake nurse for two hours. She was warm, sharp as a tack, and funny. I meet with an exercise physiologist tomorrow.
That’s wonderful, @elizabethmackenzie! Please do keep us updated with your progress; wishing you the best of luck.
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My ejection fraction is 18, and I’m exhausted all the time. My cardiologist encouraged me to begin cardiac rehab, which I did a month ago. I can’t do much, but when I finish, I have to sleep for about 2 hours. This doesn’t seem normal. Have any of you with low ejection fractions experienced this? Thanks.
You may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on cardiac rehab. I did this because I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to others who have also discussed their experiences with cardiac rehab.
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@elizabethmackenzie – Hoping your Cardiac Rehab is or was a good time for you! Many of the people I met there continued on there working out because they had made good friends and it became a place of socializing for them. They also liked the idea since the exercise room was on the same floor in the hospital for Cardiology that gave them the added confidence if something were to happen. For me, since I was already exercising at a over 50 fitness center, the equipement was very familiar and the added security of being monitored with a device gave me that extra confidence that I was in good hands. The people who worked there were wonderful & encouraging and there was a dietrician there who we all meet with several times to discuss changes that we might want to make in food choices, etc. A wonderful book was mentioned that we ended up purchasing on Amazon called Good Food Great Medicine by Dr. Miles Hassell & sister Mea that I would highly recommend to anyone especially someone that has had Cardiac issues. In my case, I had a serious “widow maker” heart attack along with a single stent, but am truely thankful for making it through that. Evidently God was not done with me on this earth! Hope all is well with you and your cardiac rehab experience has fueled in you a regular exercise program. God bless. @thankful
Wonderful experience. Everything from nutrition to exercise. The first part of my rehab was class time which could be anything from smoking cessation, depression, nutrition, meds, etc. The second part was exercising on various machines. It was a wonderful program.
@lknightb– So glad to hear your experience at C. Rehab went well! I too had a wonderful experience and met several folks that I’m sure will be long time friends.
Good to hear. I also go back to their support group.
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