After being discharged from hospital following my heart attack, I was utterly gobsmacked by how exhausting even the most basic of daily activities now felt. Taking a shower was a memorable example. It left me feeling surprisingly weak, shaky and gasping for breath.
In fact, a routine shower usually meant a 20-minute lie down afterwards just to recover. That’s when I first read about METS.
METS stands for “metabolic equivalents.” Different daily activities are assigned different MET levels depending on how much physical energy they take to do (see the list below). Continue reading “Why taking a shower is so exhausting for heart attack survivors”