Heart Beat: On the links to recovery
On the links to recovery
Fifty years ago, in February 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spent ten days golfing and quail hunting around a Georgia plantation owned by his friend, Treasury Secretary George Humphrey. That sporting vacation, Eisenhower's first since suffering a heart attack the September before, represented a milestone for Ike (Time magazine called it a "psychological breakthrough") and for heart attack survivors then and now.
Before the 1950s, strict bed rest followed by months of limited activity was thought to be the best medicine after a heart attack. Returning to work was the exception rather than the rule.