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4/15/14 9:25 A

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I will be thinking of you tomorrow Alissuccess and hope your procedure goes well. The main this is that they find the problem and are able to correct it.

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4/15/14 1:53 A

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Tomorrow is the day for my Arteriogram, I am a little nervous but have a lot of friends and support of my family members. I hope to be back online tomorrow night sharing what I experienced with you. Give me kind and healthy thoughts as I face these heart tests tomorrow. emoticon

From one SPARK WOMAN to SparkPeople everywhere. Find the gratitude in your day and lastly, Be the "SPARK" in someone's life today!

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4/13/14 9:44 A

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I have never had a heart attack, but I have had quadruple cardiac bypass surgery and a couple stents. I have gone to cardiac rehab twice and I loved it. Our hospital has a wonderful program. My insurance paid for it in full, and they have a system where they can get financial aid if your insurance does not pay in full. My main concern was I was afraid to exercise after my surgery. It was such a relief to have this program where they monitor your heart rate on a computer while you are exercising. The nurse and exercise physiologist were so nice, and he gave me pointers on what type of exercise to do after I was doing it on my own. They also monitored my blood sugar as I was diagnosed with diabetes while in the hospital after my surgery. I didn't know anything about diabetes and they told me everything to do and what to watch for. It was well worth the time.

I wish TRYAGAINNAN would have stuck around because it would be so good for us to have her here. She would be able to provide so much information for us, but it appears she is no longer posting.

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4/7/14 1:03 P

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And ... even though they don't advertise, it is the one listed on the link you gave me as a rehab centre in Peterborough.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

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4/7/14 12:59 P

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Section ... thanks! When I went for my follow-up appt with my own Cardiologist he advised that the clinic where he is does have a program. Apparently they don't advertise it because it's privately funded and available only to patients of the cardiologists because they couldn't handle any more patients. I don't start until 15 May but am scheduled for 6 weeks of an hour a day Tues, Wed, and Thurs. working on heart monitors and various exercise equipment, and a 1 hr educational session on the Wed. The program is monitored and supervised for the clinic by an Emergency Room Nurse at out local hospital. I've already had one appointment with her and I was impressed with both her and the program she outlined. I was so relieved. No matter how much research I do on my own or exercise on my own it is always good to have a professional who is knowledgeable about my condition and her work advise you so that you will know if you are doing the right things and to teach you new things. I will go on the link you have shared as well - thanks again!

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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4/7/14 8:52 A

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Here is a weblink that may help you find one near you. It has a list of programs Canada wide:

cardiachealth.ca/index.php?o=locate-
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After my Myocadial Infarction, the hospital referred me directly to a program with a wealth of resources available ranging from Diet, fitness, stress management and quitting smoking (if applicable.)

Taking the time to complete the program was one of the most important parts of my recovery after my MI. They coordinated tests, introduced fitness in a safe individual manner based on your cardiac history and fitness level and offered many classroom learning opportunities.

This prepared me for life after a heart attack. It is hard to believe but many people turn down the invitation to attend CardiacRehab programs.

If there is a program near you it is well worth the time to participate even if it means driving to a nearby community.

"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough." -Helen Keller


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1/22/14 8:17 P

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Tryagainnan - there is no longer a program in my community. Do you know of any website that would have a lot of the educational material you speak of that I could read/study? They believe my original problem of Dilated Cardiomyopathy was caused from a flu virus so apart from the flu shots I always have, I don't know how I could have avoided it. The second problem that I've just had fixed was a Mitral Valve Regurgitation caused by the Cardiomyopathy. An angiogram has shown that I have no blockage in my arteries or veins fortunately. I log my nutrition and exercise and try to keep my sodium intake to 1200 mg a day or less but definitely under 2000. I don't always eat the right foods - do any of us? - but I try to stick within the guidelines of the nutrient tracking for Diabetics watching calories, carbs, protein and fat. When I'm not hampered by CHF or ill, I try to do aquafit exercises for 70 mins. a session 4 times a week at the Y. Not as regularly, I also have a pedalling machine that can be used for either hands or feet. There is so much more I need to learn though, I'm sure.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

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1/22/14 8:26 A

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I just signed up for Spark people today and was trying to navigate the site when I saw this post. I am a cardiac rehab nurse and would love to help answer any questions you may have. The most important thing about cardiac rehab is education to help you with risk factor modification. No one has any guarantee in life but by making small changes we can become healthier and have a better quality of life. Enjoy the cardiac rehab program

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1/21/14 8:02 A

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That is great that you are doing it...so worht it! I was so inspired that I converted a spare bedroom into a small workout eoom, with treadmill, exercycle, gazelller & mini tramp, plus weights!

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1/21/14 12:06 A

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Thanks for all the input on this, I have been in cardiac rehab for a week now, I go three times a week for a hour a day, I havent been able to make it to any of the classes but I will fit them in later. I have 36 sessions and at least 4 classes, it has really been easy and I am feeling good. They dont push you past what you can do and they monitor the whole time Im there. I am feeling really positive about it and hope it gets me into a routine so I can carry on to the Y or other gym after Im done.

Today is a new day and I will not dwell on the negative of yesterday!


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1/19/14 11:33 A

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interesting discussion. I just had a heart procedure and the therapist at the hospital gave me an application form to have my Dr/nurse fill out for me to take heart rehab here in Peterborough. When I got home though, I discovered the rehab centre had shut down and I haven't been able to find another in my community.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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1/18/14 9:52 A

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Wow! I didn't know there was such a thing. I have been doing it on my own. I haven't had a heart attack or stroke so far so I guess I must be doing something right.

I get to do this!


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1/18/14 7:10 A

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I highly reccomend it. I did it for 3 months after my heart attack.It made all the difference. I went from being afraid to even move to working out for an hour & 15 minutes & I have never looked back...Do it!

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1/17/14 2:49 P

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So glad to see this discussion today. I have just been scheduled to receive a few sessions with an advanced heart care group starting next week. I had an episode a ouple of weeks ago that resulted in a pacemaker. I have cardiomyopathy most likely caused by chemo some years ago. I have tried to take care of myself over time but maybe I could do with a bit more instruction. Thanks
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1/17/14 1:07 P

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I just finished my 12 weeks on Cardiac Rehab. I love the program. It helped me get into working out. I now walk over a 1 mile when I started I was walking a quarter mile. I feel like that Rehab help jump start me into wanting to workout more. I loved the nurses there!!!!

I miss going, but it helped get me moving. Now I move a lot all because of the program.

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1/17/14 12:02 P

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Ty that makes me feel alot more comfortable about it

Today is a new day and I will not dwell on the negative of yesterday!


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1/17/14 11:40 A

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I have gone through it twice. It is an awesome program. There are nurses there to monitor what you do, keep checking your blood pressure, etc. You will meet with a nutritionist, also meet with someone about the medications you are on. All in all, it's a great program. You really should do it.

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1/17/14 11:27 A

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Has anyone else been through cardiac rehab, my doctor has been after me to complete this for sometime.

Today is a new day and I will not dwell on the negative of yesterday!


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