Just wondering what everyone's experience with Cardiac Rehab has been?
I'm 30 years old, former strength and conditioning coach/trainer, and very active person. My surgeon doesn't think I need cardiac rehab but my cardiologist wants me to give it a shot. I've been walking plenty on my own, but I am unsure exactly how to progress duration/intensity, especially with heart rate following my Ross Procedure. I'm thinking a few sessions of Cardiac Rehab may be great just to establish limits and expectations. Thoughts?
10 days ago, Dr. Paul Stelzer at Mt. Sinai hospital in NYC performed the Ross procedure on me. It's been quite an interesting ride so far, and thankfully uneventful. I feel so grateful to be alive and on the mend.
Recovery was tougher than I expected while in the hospital, but I think it's easier than I have expected since returning home. Having said that, I am not going to take anything for granted- follow doctors' orders to a "T," and enjoy my wonderful friends and family during my time home from work.
Thanks to EVERYONE on this site for the words and wisdom to this point. Recovery!
I'm officially one week away from surgery. Last night was probably the first night where I couldn't fall asleep due to thoughts about the surgery. I feel like I'm being brave and courageous with the whole situation, but the stakes here are so high.
Although I'm positive I'm going to the best, there are always unknowns which are scary. My best medicine has been to stay busy, relax, and focus on the blessings at play- most importantly my incredible base of social support that I have in my life, and the fact that we found this problem early on.
I'm determined to conquer the battle with patience, resolve, and love for myself and my family!