I was recommended by my GP ages and ages ago to go on a PR course, and it took a very long time to be invited to attend a suitability assessment. At the assessment the physio/ nurse in charge agreed that although I would probably benefit from the course she was reluctant to accept me for a placement as my heart rate is always very high,( usually above 125 ) , she said that it would be better if I saw a Cardiologist and got the ok.
As it happened I had just see my chest consultant who had ordered an ECG and an ultrasound test. And last week I went to see the Cardiologist regarding the results. Apparently the right side of my heart is slightly enlarged through pressure due to bad gas transfer and slower blood flow through the right side of the heart due to knackered lungs, this is primarily the cause of the high heart rate.
Anyway I asked if this would prevent me attending the PR course and he said no, SO last Wednseday I rang the PR team up and started on the first day of my course today. It was a very scared and nervous me who turned up at 13:00, but after the first excercises I really began to see how beneficial this is going to be.
I'm going to put a post on here twice a week to let anyone who is interested know what I have been made to do, how hard/ easy it was ,and how ( or not ) it is beneficial.
Bye for now. Chris.