HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - "That day was just a little different," Col. Morris Bodrick said as he described events leading to a heart attack which changed his life.
A distance runner, in good physical shape, he had a blockage and received double bypass surgery. "Seven days later, I was out."
But that's not the end of his story; in fact, it's only the beginning.
Recently, Col. Morris Bodrick won Huntsville Hospital's Cardiac Rehab Patient of the Year award. The post surgical care he received after surgery enlightened him. "For me, it was like the confidence I gained from being in there and learning exactly how my heart operated after surgery and what my limitations were."
A lot of people have a misconceived notion that when you have a heart event, the moment you leave the hospital, it's over. It's not over. A major part after that has to do with exercise and rehabilitation, according to cardiologist Dr. Alejandro Vasquez. "It's all about health maintenance."
He said it's part of the educational process. "And so we love cardiac rehabilitation because it teaches people about the cause of the problem. How to prevent it. It allows people to keep their physical health, their mental health and what I think is more important is their psychological health."
That's why Col. Bodrick gives speeches about cardiac rehab and its importance any chance he can.
"So anytime I get a chance to kind of give back and to tell people about my story, especially from a spiritual perspective," added Bodrick.
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