You’ve had a cardiac event – possibly a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery or angina. Now you’re back home. How do you regain your strength, energy and confidence, while reducing the risk of a recurrence? The answer is: cardiac rehabilitation. Find out from the experienced Master’s-level exercise physiologists at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program how cardiac rehab can speed your recovery while significantly improving your health and quality of life.
Cardiac rehabilitation, explains Jenna Angelucci, is a medically-supervised, individualized program of exercise and education that helps you recover faster from heart disease and acquire the strength to resume a full life. You are a candidate if you’ve suffered a cardiovascular event such as heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, heart valve repair or replacement, coronary stenting or heart failure. NWH’s outpatient cardiac rehab program requires a physician’s prescription, and besides the core training component, includes counseling in nutrition, stress management and meditation, as well as education in heart disease prevention.
Heart Aware: Do you know the signs of a heart attack?
By Dr. Robert Pilchik, Chief of Cardiology, Northern Westchester Hospital
A heart attack is easy to recognize, right? Not always. People tend to expect a heart attack to be painful, but often it’s a feeling of pressure or tightness in the chest. And for women, the chest pressure or tightness may be missing altogether, which is why it’s so important to be aware of all the signs of a heart attack.
Chest pressure or tightness is just one symptom, and it can radiate out to the arms, neck, or jaw—typically on the left side of the body. Other potential signals that you’re having a heart attack include profuse sweating, shortness of breath, numbness or weakness in your limbs, lightheadedness, and a fluttery sensation in your chest. For women, all the symptoms are the same, except that chest pressure is much less common than it is in men. Fatigue seems to be the primary symptom in women. Any tiredness that comes out of the blue and feels extreme, that’s an indication of a possible heart attack.