At first Norm Homeyer was a reluctant cardiac rehab patient. “After my heart attack, I had reservations about starting cardiac rehab. But the nurses at Waverly Health Center made me feel so welcome, that I quickly forgot that I didn’t want to be there. I even started looking forward to going!”
Earlier this summer, Norm underwent a cardiac catheterization and found out he had one vessel that was fully blocked and one more that needed a stent placed in it to keep it open. The doctor also told him that he’d had a heart attack at some point.
Norm and his wife Vivian live in Waverly, so WHC’s cardiac rehab was very convenient for him. “I’m almost done with my cardiac rehab, but I think I’m going to sign-up for their supervised exercise program. It will help keep me active,” he commented.
“The nurses are simply wonderful and volunteers also made me feel welcome,” Norm added. “It’s such a nice place to be and I enjoyed talking to the other patients. Sometimes we stay to talk to each other after we were done exercising.”
WHC’s cardiac rehab program can help people with heart problems improve their quality of life through exercise, strengthening and stretching. Patients are closely watched by nurses during the program and they also get lifestyle and health education. Patients are able to take vital information back to their doctors from the monitoring technology used in the rehab program.