Robert D

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Kimball Medical Center
Guides Patients through Recovery

After suffering a heart attack two years ago, Robert, 74, of Brick, underwent observation at Kimball Medical Center.

A series of tests revealed that Robert needed stents, so he was transferred through RWJBarnabas Health's extensive network of heart services to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. After a series of stent placements and an angioplasty over the years, Robert underwent his final procedure last summer. His physician, Dr. V. Paul Kate, a board certified cardiologist on staff at Kimball Medical Center, recommended that Robert enter Kimball's three-phase Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

"You get to know everyone there so well, they become like friends," said Robert, who is in Phase III - the maintenance portion of the program. "Now, I go twice a week. It keeps you in good shape. After the very first week, I started feeling better. It keeps you motivated."

Robert walks on a treadmill at home to complement the program's exercises. He also stays active by doing maintenance and remodeling work on his home.

"Before my heart attack, I couldn't walk very far. Now, after the procedures and through the cardiac rehabilitation program, I can walk a pretty good distance."

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