The new MacBook was scrolling fast but this headline grabbed the eyes…
“Self-discipline, perseverance needed for successful cardiac rehabilitation, cardiologist says.”
The story of cardiac rehab acts as a metaphor for the entire cardiac health quagmire. Cardiac rehab following a stent, coronary bypass, or heart attack is indeed scientifically proven to improve outcomes. Problematically though, it requires self-motivation, self-discipline and perseverance form the patient. Here lies an enormous hurdle.
Cardiac rehab teaches that good health is about balance. There is education to the benefits of exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, but most importantly, the patient is immersed into a cocoon of health shared with their peers who struggle with the same issues.