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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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Exercise is not always easy and it's not always fun, but it's good for us, so we try to do it. However, exercise after surgery is an entirely different challenge -- and an extremely worthy challenge at that. Here's a peek at the world of cardiac post-op exercise. 

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.

Things to Remember About Cardiac Rehab

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

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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.

How Diet Impacts Cardiac Rehab

Posted by Heart Hugger on Oct 20, 2015 10:59:00 AM

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Your dietary habits are essential to the process of recovering after heart surgery. Healthy eating is a great technique to encourage the healing process after heart procedures, and adopting good habits can also help you to avoid future problems with your heart.

Physical Activity as Cardiac Surgery Rehabilitation

Posted by Heart Hugger on Sep 8, 2015 9:41:00 AM

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For most of our lives, physical activity has been like a cloudy sky. For some of us, the clouds are fresh and bright, and for others, the clouds are gray and stormy. Regardless of whether we live for the treadmill or constantly invent excuses to avoid the gym, exercise is a thought that always hangs over us, and its importance throughout our lives is undeniable. However, there are some points in life when physical activity becomes less a cloudy sky, to be looked up at and contemplated on, and more a hurdle that must be crossed as part of rehabilitation. After heart surgery, this is especially true.