You and Me
What I do:
I specialize in optimizing cardiac patients pre-cardiac operation and post-cardiac operation and in cardiac disease prevention.
Are you facing a surgery such as a (CABG) coronary artery bypass grafting? Valve replacement? Stenting? Ablation? Pacemaker implantation? Aneurysm repair? Do you wonder what is going to happen? Are you post-op after cardiac surgery and need help facing your “new normal?” Have you had depression, even though you have had a “second chance” at life after a lifesaving surgery? Have you suffered a major cardiac event and hospitalization? Do you wonder if anyone else feels like you do? Are you reeling with some of these questions: How do I get through this? How can I set myself up for the best possible outcome? Who can help me? What can I do? How can I do my best to protect myself from this happening again? This can be so overwhelming!
How I can help you:
Regardless of what cardiac event you have experienced or surgery you may have to undergo, there is always a way to improve your cardiac wellness. We can start where you are with your health baseline now, and build up your health using wellness techniques that are complementary to Western medicine and your physician’s medical plan.
The Heart to Soul Cardiac Wellness program is structured as an eight contiguous week curriculum, customized for your specific cardiac diagnosis, medical history and current medications. We will work together to optimize you physically and mentally so that you are the best you can be before and after your operation. Many patients report having thoughts such as “no one understands what I am going through” or “they just wave me off and say I will be fine.” This can make you feel alone, unsupported, and frustrated, with no one to help you, and no one to guide you through what can be an overwhelming life event. I am here to support you in navigating your pre-op preparation and post-op recovery.
While we are treating the physical body using Western medicine to go through the (necessary) paces of medications, physical rehabilitation, doctors’ appointments and tests, there is an absence in treating what is going on for you personally at your core being and adjusting your lifestyle for recovery. Your lifestyle as it was WILL need to change, and that is a good thing! One of my favorite sayings is: “The obstacle IS the path.” This means that while you had this major life health event, it could be a pause for recalibration of your life to be the best it can be going forward. I am here to help you optimize your life and adjust gracefully to your “new normal.”
I understand the issues you are working with, the questions you have and the stressors you are encountering. I have taken care of patients with the same concerns you may be having. I am here to help guide you through the preoperative and recuperation process. I will empower you with tools which will enable you to approach your operation and recuperation with strength and calmness.
I have prepped patients for open heart surgery, and received them after surgery. I have been honored to be a part of the team at bedside to help them recover. I understand what happens to these patients and their families, and the hurdles they face after such cardiac events. I am here as a cardiac wellness professional to help you prepare pre-op and thrive post-op. I created my cardiac wellness program to use my training (listed below) to serve as a wellness and cardiac disease prevention resource to complement Western medicine cardiac care. I help cardiac patients understand the treatment plan and process of their care, and provide lifelong tools to holistically optimize their overall wellbeing for a healthier life with more meaning and clarity.
This program is preventative for cardiac disease and is also available to anyone interested in achieving optimal cardiac health. Are you here to find out what you can do to prevent cardiac disease? You are in the right place! Fact: Cardiac disease is the number one cause of death in this country, over all cancers combined, and it is largely preventable!!!
What I know:
I have been a registered nurse specializing in cardiac intensive care since 2006. I teach yoga! I teach ISHTA based flow and specialized, customized cardiac yoga, working with your cardiac diagnosis, other medical conditions you may have, medications, and operative status, all of which can impact mobility and exercise tolerance.
My qualifications include 500 hours certified ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) yoga teacher training, 100 hours certified in highly specialized Cardiac and Medical yoga teacher training, and certification in Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through Cornell. I hold an additional nursing certification: CCRN, Critical Care Registered Nurse. My nursing degree is from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York City. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am a Californian who happens to live in NYC! Although I live in NYC, I am available to work with you via Facetime anywhere!
I love to learn, and remain current in my specialty by attending cardiology, wellness and yoga conferences, and am continually exploring new holistic modalities to incorporate into the Heart to Soul Cardiac Wellness, LLC program. My patients and my clients are my best teachers, though, in the school of life!
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More about my experience:
In my 12 years of experience as a cardiac intensive care unit (CCU) nurse at a premiere teaching hospital in New York City, I have worked shoulder to shoulder with some of the finest Attending Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Electrophysiology Cardiologists, and Cardiothoracic Surgeons and their teams of Interns, Residents, Fellows, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and medical students in caring for patients. I have rounded bedside with these teams daily. I have taken care of patients post cardiac arrest, kept them alive on left ventricular assistance devices, intra-aortic balloon pumps, numerous intravenous and central lines and multiple lifesaving drips. My care for patients on complete life support has included ventilators and initiating and maintaining hypothermia protocol, in which a patient is placed in an induced coma and chilled for 24 hours, then gradually rewarmed for 24 hours. I have cared for patients who have had open heart surgery, bypass surgery, valve replacements and aneurysms and other cardiac surgeries. My care has included pre and post procedure care for cardiac catheterizations, pacemakers, stents, cardioversions, and electrophysiology ablation. I have assumed complete life support and total care for patients.
Let’s get started! Please see the CONSULT page of the website to set up a consultation.
Please email me for a consult: Hearttosoulcw@gmail.com