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after a heart attack Being heart-healthy generally speaks from his personal requires a lifetime of prevention. experience and immediate But for some seniors, there’s treatment. “The first one set an entirely new focus—how me back for about a month to live and enjoy a full life or so while I was trying to following a heart attack. Cardiac figure out how and if my life rehabilitation would change.” It (or rehab) is an happened in 2004 while innovative journey visiting in New York and for older adults. And celebrating a wedding it pays off. anniversary. The heart Patients say that attack was unexpected rehab seems to lift and a shock for both their spirits and Schultz and his wife. cardiologists say “The second attack it improves heart (2005) also slowed me function. Dr. Marcus down,” he admitted, Brown, medical but within a week he Judith L. Kanne, director of Cardiac resumed his normal RN, BSN, BA Rehab at Atlanta’s activity with his doctor’s is a registered nurse and Northside Hospital, freelance writer who lives in approval. Schultz would like to see the Atlanta. maintains his key to public’s awareness recovery was eating raised when it comes right, keeping his to this treatment option. weight in line with suggestions “We know that cardiac rehab from doctors, exercising, can reduce a patient’s chance of getting plenty of rest and [most overall death by 20 to 40 percent, importantly] remaining active. reduce the chance of getting Schultz encourages his friends readmitted to the hospital by 20 to stay as active as possible. to 30 percent, and help patients “Don’t think about the heart return to work and activities of attack,” he said. “Definitely don’t daily living sooner,” explained dwell on it. Always look forward, Brown. and never look back because “[But] despite the wealth of there’s nothing you can do about evidence supporting the proven the past.” benefits of cardiac Actually, it was rehabilitation, hard to catch up the services are with Schultz for greatly underan interview—he utilized,” Brown was off on a longsaid in an online awaited cruise to interview with South America Atlanta Senior and expects to Life. enjoy life to its Getting help fullest. and treatment Although a quickly can lot of people PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. MARCUS BROWN often limit can begin a Dr. Marcus Brown, medical damage to your walking regimen director of Cardiac Rehab, Northside Hospital heart muscles, right away, according to the it’s critical to National Heart, Lung and Blood discuss all physical activities Institute. The problem with with your healthcare provider many heart attacks, however, before starting any exercise is they can happen when least program. In many cases, expected. cardiac rehabilitation is the first “A heart attack can definitely significant step for recovering slow you down,” said Atlanta patients. senior Art Schultz, 79. Schultz After a heart attack, most