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WHAT IS CARDIAC REHAB?

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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The human body is a truly amazing machine. Against all odds, our bones, muscles, and organs work together to keep us alive, functioning in ways that we still don't fully understand. Consider, for just a moment, all of the events taking place within any of us right now. The heart is beating. The lungs are working to breathe. The brain is computing thousands of thoughts, sensations, and messages every second. The body is completely responsible for these functions, ensuring that they take place and that they succeed--and it's a good thing, too, because no one really knows how to voluntarily beat their own heart or control messages sent by the brain. When it comes right down to it, we do very little to take care of our bodies considering how much they do for us. However, there are some occasions when the body demands more care, like after cardiac surgery--and on those occasions, rehabilitation is the answer.

POST-OP CARDIAC REHAB EXERCISES

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 9, 2017 12:02:00 PM

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Since we were very young, we've been learning how important it is to take good care of our bodies. We learn what foods to eat and what foods to avoid; we learn the benefits and drawbacks of medicine; we even learn--some of us more eagerly than others--how to get our bodies moving. It's true: exercise isn't always popular in our minds, but at the end of the day, we do have to admit that moving is good for our bodies. So, whether we like it or not, we fill our days with treadmills, weights, and gym memberships. We get moving. It's not always easy and it's not always fun, but it's good for us, so we do it. However, exercise after surgery is an entirely different challenge--and an extremely worthy challenge at that.

3 CARDIAC REHAB MYTHS THAT SCARE PATIENTS

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jul 11, 2017 3:11:00 PM

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When it comes to cardiac rehab, it's important for patients to have all the facts--not just because this is a crucial part of the healing process after cardiac surgery, but because patients who have heard certain myths will be more likely to skip rehab. Here are three popular myths and the truth behind them.

CARDIAC REHAB WITH DIABETES

Posted by Heart Hugger on May 8, 2017 4:36:00 PM

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Cardiac rehabilitation is an intricate and lengthy process, but it becomes even more delicate with the added complication of diabetes. Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of having a rough time during cardiac rehab, and may even develop surgical site infections that send them back to the hospital. This is a big problem--but luckily, there is an easy, painless answer.

CARDIAC REHAB MYTHS YOUR PATIENTS MIGHT BELIEVE

Posted by Heart Hugger on Mar 20, 2017 5:15:00 PM

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There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to cardiac rehab after surgery. Exercise, education, and counseling are all important aspects--but the most important thing is for patients to actually do cardiac rehab. Unfortunately, there are some myths circling out there that might make your patients hesitate, and that hesitation can impact their health. Here's what you need to know to debunk those myths and help ease your patients' minds.

Things to Remember About Cardiac Rehab

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jan 13, 2016 10:41:00 AM

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woman recovering from heart surgery

If you have just experienced cardiac or thoracic surgery, or you have a surgery scheduled in the near future, then you probably would like to know all you can about cardiac surgery rehabilitation. Depending on the nature of the surgery and what needed to be done, the recovery time for the patient will vary. One thing that typically remains constant in an open heart surgery is the importance placed on the recovery of the wound or sternal closure. Sternal wound dehiscence is something that needs to be avoided at all costs for those recovering from cardiac surgery.

Cardiac Rehab After Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Nov 5, 2015 10:11:00 AM

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When you consider the words "heart surgery," what is it that first comes to mind? For most of us, it's the beginning: preparing for surgery, the surgery itself, and the hospital stay. Of course, this is a big part of heart surgery. These first steps are important, and it's no wonder that these steps are the ones that most eagerly leap to mind when we think about heart surgery. But there is a second, equally important part--another set of steps--which comes after the heart surgery. What we must consider now is cardiac surgery rehabilitation.