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."