Diagnosed with cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) in his 30’s, Dwight has undergone several significant heart surgeries, including placement of both a cardiac defibrillator and a left ventricle assist device (LVAD). Following each procedure, Dwight was encouraged by his cardiologist to pursue a cardiac rehabilitation program, focused on building strength and endurance by staying physically active. Each time, Ascension Saint Agnes’ cardiac rehabilitation department was his “go to” place to make it happen, safely. But never was the process more important for Dwight than it was when he was recovering from heart transplant surgery.
Cardiac rehabilitation began for Dwight eight weeks after his heart transplant surgery was performed and deemed a success. He began riding the stationary bike, building upper body strength with an arm bike, and using a series of fitness machines. Within four months, Dwight felt strong, stable, and ready to begin living again.
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