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Following a Heart Attack, These Types of Exercise May Help Some Seniors

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PAWhen a person has a heart attack, it can be a life-altering event. Some people have a tendency to become withdrawn, avoid various activities or strenuous situations, and worry about their own mortality. Others take the recommendations of their doctor, such as to get exercise, change her diet, and stay focused on things they want to do to heart.

For many people who have suffered a heart attack, recovery is possible.

Unless a person’s heart was severely damaged, to the point where the doctor doesn’t expect a full or lengthy recovery, doctors will likely be positive about the prognosis and outlook for each individual.

More and more doctors today recommend exercise for heart attack patients. Getting proper acute MI care at home is essential. Exercise is a component of proper care. Here are a few exercises seniors may want to consider pursuing to not just help their heart get stronger, but also improve the strength and mobility of other muscles in their body.

Swimming and water aerobics.
These low impact exercises help to elevate the heart rate and don’t tax the joints. These activities are exceptionally good for those with arthritis and other debilitating physical conditions.

Stair climbing.
Walking up and down the stairs, as long as it’s safe for the senior to do so, can exercise their leg muscles tremendously. The more they push themselves, the more their heart rate will elevate, and that helps to strengthen the heart muscles.

If the senior has mobility issues or doesn’t seem completely confident in their ability to balance, they may still be able to do stair climbing, as long as they have a strong, healthier adults supporting them physically.

A stationary bike.
A stationary bike or elliptical machine could be a great way for seniors to get low impact exercise without leaving their home. Some of these machines can cost several hundred dollars or even $1,000 and more (in some cases), but they are a worthy investment, especially for somebody who needs to get valuable exercise daily.

Doing exercises with other people is a great way to stay motivated. Some seniors have difficulty being motivated, just like younger adults might struggle with this factor. By having a family member, experienced home care aide, or even a friend there with the senior while they exercise, it can provide the motivation he or she needs to get stronger and recover completely.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. (215) 882-8234.

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Renato Amorim

President & Co-Owner at Assisting Hands Home Care
Renato Amorim, president of Assisting Hands Home Care operations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked for the past twenty years in government and international business, where he had the opportunity to carry out investment and business-development projects in all continents. He has managed teams of professionals spread over several countries in pharmaceutical and mining multinational companies.

Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.

After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.