Stories of Gratitude

A "Go To" Place for Cardiac Rehabilitation

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, 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.

“I have been through a lot, but I am here today and feeling good because of the great care and tremendous support I received. I would tell anyone out there to choose Saint Agnes’ cardiac rehabilitation program because the people truly care about you. They are kind, patient, and encouraging. They played a big part in helping me get to where I am now.”

Dwight has relied on Saint Agnes' cardiac rehabilitation team repeatedly, and is especially grateful for the care he received following heart transplant surgery.