If you just had heart surgery, it will take time for you to heal after surgery. Because you are in a nursing home, you may find it difficult to get the proper rehab. To help you, you can choose cardiac rehabilitation to make your road to recovery faster. Below are two reasons why this rehab helps so your doctor can get you signed up.
Help With Weight Loss
If you are overweight, this is likely one of the reasons you have heart problems. Cardiac rehab can help you set up a weight loss plan to help you lose weight. The program does this by developing a nutritional plan of good foods for you to eat and what foods to stay away from. For example, you should eat vegetables and fruit, high-fiber whole grain pastas and breads, and foods high in protein, such as lean meats, skinless poultry, and fish. You should also only eat low-fat dairy products and natural cheeses.
Foods to stay away from include fast food, food that is fried, packaged food, white bread, refined rice or pasta, and processed meat, such as deli meats, sausage, and bacon. Stay away from beverages that are sweetened with sugar, such as sodas, juices, etc. Cardiac rehab will give you a list of these foods to help you at home.
Cardiac rehab will also help you to learn the right exercises to do to help your heart. Belly fat has been known to increase the chances of heart problems. If you have fat in this area, the rehab can show you target exercises to deal with this.
There are many things that can contribute to heart problems that you may not be aware of. For example, If you do not need to lose weight, you may think you will not have heart problems. This is far from the truth, however, as there are many lifestyle choices you may make that will harm your heart. Because you are in a rehabilitation center, you likely do not drink alcohol, but you should know that even drinking only on the weekends can lead to heart problems.
Cardiac rehab will show you small choices you can make throughout the day, such as parking further away from the front door of establishments, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and more.
The rehab facility may also educate you on your heart and how it works and helps your body. Learning more about the heart can benefit you.
Talk with the cardiac rehab facility and more ways they can help you. Your doctor can also give you more information about this.