by Art King
What better way to enjoy the heart month than with a playlist! This playlist has a twist though; it tells a story. Sort of. The story of how we PT’s take care of the heart.
I WILL SURVIVE
by Gloria Gaynor
At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along
No, not an exact fit, but rehab after a cardiac event or cardiac surgery would definitely help you survive. It is scary, the future seems uncertain, and you’re worried you’ll be an invalid. With Cardiac Rehab, we can help you get back on your feet, and do more than survive.
1. Exercise Training
Many people think that people with heart disease can’t exercise anymore, but that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Exercise is one of the best medicines you can take after a heart attack.
I'M GONNA BE (500 MILES)
by The Proclaimers
But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
The easiest and most accessible exercise you can do is brisk walking. Not 500 miles, but 30 minutes a day most days a week at a pace that challenges you can do wonders for your heart.
A THOUSAND MILES
by Vanessa Carlton
Making my way downtown walking fast
Faces pass and I'm home bound
It’s also important to progress your exercise. Increase your pace, increase the distance when the exertion starts going down. It also helps to incorporate your exercise with your daily life. Walk near your work, or even in the mall. If you want to do more, a PT can help.
2. Health Education
ANG HULING EL BIMBO
Magkahawak ang ating kamay
At walang kamalay-malay
Na tinuruan mo ang puso ko
Na umibig na tunay
One of the things that will help someone who’s had a major event is to understand what happened, how to exercise, and how to change your lifestyle. A PT can help. We can hold your hands at the start, and help you dance through the different things you need to understand.
3. Risk Factor Modification
by Jose Mari Chan
Have we outgrown our Peter Pans and wings?
We've simply grown too old for tales of knights and kings
'Cause life's a constant change
And nothing stays the same, oh no
Important to recovery is cutting out the risk factors. It’s time we outgrow the bad stuff. Cigarettes? OUT! Drink moderately or not at all, cut on the intake of sugar and fats. Not easy, but your healthcare team can help! PT’s can help with exercise.
4. Psychosocial Support
YOU’RE STILL THE ONE
by Shania Twain
Looks like we made it Look how far we've come my baby We mighta took the long way We knew we'd get there someday
It’s not uncommon for patients to feel down, or even depressed. And while this is primarily the job of a psychologist, we PT’s can help too. Exercise help produce endorphins, and just being there to support our patients physically and emotionally, can help psychosocially too.
5. Medical Surveillance
MY HEART WILL GO ON
by Celine Dion
Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
And if the reason you’re not exercising, is because you’re worried something bad will happen, I recommend starting your workout with someone trained in Basic Life Support. Most PT’s are! We can help your heart go on.
YOUNG AT HEART
by Frank Sinatra
Fairy tales can come true
It can happen to you if you're young at heart
So take care of that heart. And if you need help, we’re here for you!
AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH
By Marvin Gaye
If you need me call me no matter where you are
No matter how far don't worry baby
Just call my name I'll be there in a hurry
You don't have to worry
Arthur Bhenedict K. King or Art to his friends and colleagues is the Chief Physical Therapist of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the Philippine Heart Center. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of PPTA.