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Called the local hospital today about enrolling in the cardio rehab program. I would qualify for the lowest level of the program with my blood pressure and other autonomic disorder problems.

It is overwhelming to try and create my own exercise program. We just don't have the classes available in my small town that my big town doc seems to think there should be. After doing exercises for a week, I know I cannot do this myself and have to find some help. There is an aquatic center but they keep the water at 90 degrees. Overheat me and I have a lot of problems.

To get into the program, I have to see a cardiologist, so I figure this is a good thing--I get a second opinion from a different specialist and the necessary paperwork to start the rehab. And I get the help of PT's and other rehab professionals for $4 a session. Once I am in good enough shape to nordic walk again, I can stop the rehab and only go back when I need some extra help.

Feeling enormous relief with this and hope it all works out the way I want it too. Personally, I think I need another Holter test and a stress test at the very least to see how my heart and bp respond to daily life and stress. I have a low level of chest pain that I deal with most every day and it would be nice to know its cause. Only have to wait 2 weeks.

Meanwhile I do what exercises I can without hurting myself.

Becky

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I'm a member at the hospital fitness center and they have a supervised cardiac rehab drop in class for those who have cardiac problems. I signed up for that and it's been helpful. The trainers who run it have extra cardiac experience. They helped me set up my work out and adjust according to symptoms as I go along! All I could use is a child care option and it would be just perfect. Hope you find it helpful.

Brye

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Thanks so my Brye--needed to hear something positive about this next step. I am working on a routine at home and am trying mall walking--will see what happens with that.

I am just so frustrated with trying to recondition at home--it is a huge task.

Appreciate the time you took to reply,

Becky

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