Started cardiac rehab on Monday. Today was my third session. It's not bad at all. I'm working out on 4 different machines and then doing some stretching to cool down. The tech's determine how many minutes on each machine and what range of WATTS I need to stay in. I actually like rehab and feel that I'm doing something to help myself heal by using my body and getting stronger. The endorphins don't hurt either ;)
It's true! Fear is a liar so don't listen to it! Wore this to the hospital on my surgery day, 8/24.
Post Op Followup with surgeon tomorrow
Journal posted on September 23, 2018
I have my 4 week post surgical followup with my surgeon tomorrow. (I had a mini sternotomy with aortic valve tumor removal (papillary fibroelastoma) and repair) I am hoping like crazy that he releases me to drive my car. I feel very fortunate to say that being stuck at home without transportation for these 4 weeks has been the worst part of this ordeal. I've had minimal pain and only took a Tylenol to help me sleep at night. Went grocery shopping Day 4 after surgery and I have not had any complications other than some tachycardia which I am wearing a heart monitor for. Was able to start sleeping on my side Week 3 so I'm hoping for a release from any precautions, dismissal from the surgeon and a referral to a decent cardiologist. **fingers crossed**
Question about cardiac rehab - I had aortic valve repair done 8/24 and will have my followup appointment with the surgeon next week. I had to see a cardiologist (assigned one as I did not have one) and get a heart monitor put on me to check for arrhythmias. The cardiologist seemed to be a real flake and warning bells are going off in my head so I thought I would run this by you all and see if it rings true or not.
Saw cardiologist 15 days after my surgery to be fitted with a heart monitor. He wanted me to do a stress test and wanted to schedule it right then. I'm like "NO, I'm not doing anything until my surgeon clears me". Cardiologist argues with me and says that I have to have a treadmill stress test to be cleared to start cardiac rehab. That sounds crazy to me....I thought the point of cardiac rehab was to EASE into cardiovascular exercise while being closely monitored for safety.
Can those with experience chime in and let me know what their experience was with qualifying for cardiac rehab? Did you have to do a stress test prior to rehab?