Sheffield heart patient’s exercise boost

David Brown with instructor Jo Strong
David Brown with instructor Jo Strong
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A pensioner from Sheffield who underwent a life-saving heart surgery has bounced back after taking up a GP referral exercise scheme.

David Brown, aged 71, from Gleadless, was given a triple heart bypass but afterwards continually struggled with tiredness and difficulty breathing, often finding himself too weak to open doors.

After Mr Brown completed a six-week NHS cardiac rehabilitation programme, he was referred by his physiotherapist to Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in Norton, to take part in the referral scheme for people with heart problems.

He followed a tailor-made 12-week programme to strengthen his heart, attending group sessions up to three times a week.

“It started with very light circuit training, and then I progressed to the gym,” said Mr Brown.

“I have friends who have had heart bypasses as well, and if you look at the condition of them compared to me, the difference is unbelievable.”

He added: “I have strengthened up so much. The results have been wonderful, I now have the strength to do everyday things unaided. The whole thing has given me a totally new outlook on life.”

Mr Brown said he now also enjoys regular eight-mile walks and plays touch tennis with his wife, Linda.

Jo Strong, cardiac rehabilitation instructor, said: “The difference in David is remarkable.”

For more information about the scheme visit or call 0114 283 9900.