After John Weitzel had a heart attack at just 47-years- old, his energy levels were down and he just was not able to do the things he used to do. But AAMC’s cardiac rehab programis helping him regain his strength and energy in a safe environment.
The cardiac rehab has probably been the most important thing that I’ve done. It’s a safe place to work out while being monitored instead of going to the gym. At the gym, if you’re not feeling right there’s nobody there that can tell you what you need to do.
It gets you in the right frame of mind because everybody up there has gone through the same thing and we all have a common goal and the nurses are just fantastic. They’re friendly and they are there when you need them and it’s a great atmosphere.
I lost 25 pounds doing the cardiac rehab program and I try to go three or four times a week. The rehab gym is only 15 minutes away from my home—it couldn’t be any more convenient for what I need to do, it’s easy to get there and it’s easy to get in and out.
That’s what I would recommend to anybody after a heart attack. Stick to the exercise program. Take advantage of that cardio rehab program, it will get you back on the right track.