Cardiac Rehabilitation Week (February 10-16): Healing Hearts and Touching Lives
Posted Feb 11 2013 6:00am
Some people put their lives into two categories. The first one is life before their heart attack and the second is life after their heart attack.
However, with the right medical and emotional support, survivors may not make that distinction for very long because they can embrace life completely again.
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week was created to make people aware of the important role that cardiac rehab plays in reducing the damaging effects of heart disease. This year’s celebration began on Sunday, February 10 and runs through Saturday, February 16. The theme is Healing Hearts and Touching Lives.
“Experiencing a heart event can be an emotional rollercoaster ride,” says Sara Ensey R.N., B.S.N., who is the cardiac rehab nurse navigator at LifeBridge Health. “It can be terrifying and depressing, and many people are afraid their lives will never go back to normal. In addition, a heart condition can be complicated by other medical issues such as diabetes, non-healing wounds and other diseases.”
By taking part in cardiac rehab, individuals learn how to get healthy and stay healthy. At LifeBridge Health, the program brings experts from different specialties together for one-on-one interactions to explain medical realities, to show participants how to achieve their goals and to share do-able tips for successful results.
This medically supervised service also addresses topics, no matter how sensitive, from individual participants. The discussions involve everything from weight loss, stress reduction, smoking secession, sex and exercise.