February is American Heart Month and for those seniors who recently suffered a heart attack, whether they are still in the hospital or were just discharged, the road ahead can feel a bit overwhelming. There are going to be numerous question marks.
Every situation is different so nobody should self-diagnose and they should certainly follow their doctor’s instructions as closely as they can. If there are any questions involving those instructions, the senior should be encouraged to ask for clarification. They should never just ‘assume’ something and get it wrong.
In the meantime, for the most part, seniors are going to be encouraged to get some type of exercise following a heart attack. Family and friends may discourage activity out of concern of another heart attack, but the idea of exercise is to not only help strengthen the muscles throughout the body, but also the heart.
The heart is a muscle, just like any other muscle in the body and in order for it to get stronger again, it does need exercise. However, there needs to be some temperance in the amount of exercise, the type of exercise, and the duration of the exercise the senior takes on to avoid a potential readmission in the future.
Below are three simple exercises an aging senior might wish to consult with their doctor to find out if they are ideal for him or her to take part in right now.
Walking is one of the most basic and simplest activities a person can take part in. An aging senior who recently had a heart attack might have difficulty with mobility. That doesn’t mean he or she can’t walk.
They might need the assistance of a home care aide or walker to safely do this activity, but even walking up and down the hall a couple of times to begin might help elevate the heart rate just enough to give it adequate exercise.
2. Water aerobics.
If the senior is physically fit enough, simply treading water can be a powerfully helpful activity. It is a low impact activity that doesn’t place pressure on the joints and, when done in a safe and controlled environment, can certainly help elevate the heart rate properly.
3. “Sit ups” from a chair.
Simply sitting down and getting back up from a chair might seem like a mundane activity, but it’s going to exercise the leg muscles and, done enough times, get that person the right level of heart rate elevation they require to recover from this heart attack.
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