“It was like the worst case of indigestion I’ve ever felt. Along with nausea. I was really nauseous and pain radiating across my chest,” Joe Longacre said.
Just a few months ago, Joe Longacre suffered some of the worst pain radiating across his chest he has ever felt. He and his wife were both confused.
“We discussed the possibilities of what could it be and I said it could be a heart attack, but even she couldn’t believe it because she said ‘You can’t be having a heart attack. You’re too young,’” Longacre said.
They quickly found out: “They had diagnosed me as having a heart attack. To the time I came out of surgery, it was only three hours,” Longacre said.
He took some time to recover and shortly after, he started cardiac rehab at Guthrie’s Healthworks.
“We want to build strength and endurance and we do that through a very effective and safe exercise program,” Registered Nurse, Susan Byers said.
It’s a personalized workout program mixed with education classes designed to help rebuild physical fitness and improve heart health.
“[It’s] three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for 12 weeks. That’s a total of 36 visits,” Registered Nurse, Lisa Stoddard said.
“We check their blood pressure and their heart rate. We listen to their lungs, their oxygen levels. We do their body fat percent. We teach them how to put a monitor on and then we exercise them,” Byers said.
“10 minutes for the warm up, 30-40 minutes for the exercise portion and then another 10 minutes for cool down and a reassessment at the end of the session,” Stoddard said.
Registered nurses at Healthworks say some patients have anxiety about starting rehab, but they promise to meet you where you’re at.
“[We see] patients that sometimes have not ever had a formal exercise program or they’re extremely unconditioned from what they’ve been through, so we evaluate that patient and assess kind of where we’re starting and how we are going to progress them,” Byers said.
“It does seem like the end of the world after a heart attack, but it doesn’t take very long to get back in the swing of it,” Longacre said.