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Gardening Can Still be a Good Activity Following a Heart Attack

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Mooresville NC

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Mooresville NC

The first few days following his heart attack, Mike had a lot of worries. He never had any major medical issues in his life until this heart attack. The moment it was happening, he instinctively knew what was going on and managed to call for help.

Doctors said that his proactiveness, his attention to the symptoms leading up to the heart attack, may have very well saved his life. Lying in the hospital for a few days undergoing a series of tests and observation, Mike believed that the life he knew before the heart attack was over. He assumed he was going to have to stop doing almost everything he enjoyed, including gardening, golfing, and spending time with some of his friends.

When his doctor came in one afternoon to talk about the heart attack, the damage it caused, and what he would need to change about his life moving forward, Mike had already come to terms with what he expected. He was actually extremely surprised his doctor was encouraging him to stay as active as he wanted to, but he would need to take it slow at first.

“What about gardening?” Mike asked.

“Don’t worry,” his doctor replied, “you can still garden, play golf, and do other activities, but you need to take it slow at first.”
His doctor didn’t mention anything about hospital readmission rates, but he implied that he didn’t want to see Mike back in the hospital any time in the near future. In fact, he joked, he didn’t want to see Mike ever again.

Mike was more than happy to accommodate that wish. So, Mike talked to his family and his wife about what his doctor told him and was determined to continue gardening this season.

As summer winds down, there are still plenty of fruits and vegetables that may be growing in the garden, including some tomato plants, pumpkins, zucchini, and more.

For Mike, getting back on his feet and being able to garden was a strong motivator for him to work so hard with a physical therapist. His doctor encouraged him to increase his heart rate at least 15 minutes a day. This would strengthen the heart muscles, helping to reduce the risk of another heart attack in the future.

Mike was back to spending time in his garden just two weeks after the heart attack, with the support of an experienced home care aide and his wife, of course.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Mooresville, NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at 704-612-4132.

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Renee Gray

Founder, Owner, President at TenderHearted Home Care
As Founder, Owner & President of TenderHearted Home Care, I have always had a heart for helping others. I started with babysitting while a teenager, assisting the mentally disabled in a work environment for 10 years, homeschooling my two sons, serving others for 9 years while employed through the local hospital and since 2011 have been focused on helping seniors to maintain their independence in the comfort of their own home. I am a Certified Senior Care Manager (CSCM) as designated by the Association of Care Services At Home (

I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.

I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.

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