A retired school teacher says her life has been ‘totally transformed’ after joining a cardiac exercise scheme in Sheffield.
Pam Kesteven, aged 72, from Bradway in Sheffield, is back to full health after having a coronary stent fitted in hospital in 2012 to treat a painful case of angina.
After Pam completed a six-week NHS Cardiac Rehab Programme, she was referred by her physiotherapist to Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre to take part in a GP referral scheme for people with heart problems.
She said: “The scheme at Graves has totally transformed my life.
“Before my operation I couldn’t walk more than a few yards, but now I’m fit and healthy and I regularly take five-mile walks in the countryside.
“Since my operation I’ve been visiting Graves three times a week, spending time in the gym and on the tennis courts where I do circuit training and touch tennis which uses smaller rackets and soft balls.
“The staff at Graves are brilliant – they have boosted my confidence and helped me get back to my normal self.”
She added: “The referral scheme means I can keep up with my grandchildren and spend quality time in my garden.”
Jo Strong, cardiac rehabilitation Phase IV instructor who oversees the schemes at Graves, said: “We understand that people who have experienced heart problems can be wary of exercise, which is why we are careful to monitor the participants and cater the exercise to their needs.
“We see massive results for people who take part in the scheme and it’s a pleasure to help them recover. Exercise is the best way to strengthen the heart muscle and Pam is a case in point – she’s improved vastly.”
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