Positive Feedback for SMH During
Cardiac Rehab Week
Care locally is something that
is close to Paul Thornfelds's heart, he had a blockage in an artery
a little over a year ago, which was caught by Dr.
Brian Nolan during a stress test at Stephens Memorial
Hospital, Paul was sent to Maine Medical Center for
cardiac surgery, ended up with a stent, and was back
at Stephens Memorial Hospital a short time
later for Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (Vital
Now, he follows up with his cardiologist, Dr.
Dietz, right next door to the hospital at the Stephens Memorial
Specialty Cardiology Clinic. He commends physicians, "Coming to the
area and staffing the clinics here (in the Oxford
Hills) takes such a weight off patients having to drive
to Portland, it allows them to have
all of their care in one
JoAnne Reynolds, from North Bridgton, was alone
with her thoughts. Wondering what she could lift, if
she should walk here or there, wondering if it was
safe. You see, JoAnne had a heart
attack at the end of October
10 weeks later she was anxious
to get moving again, her cardiologist said she was
ready to attend the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at (SMH).
She enrolled in the Cardiac Rehab program at the hospital
3 days a week. She graduated from
the program at the end of
Talking with JoAnne, you quickly learn that she feels attending the
Cardiac Rehab program at SMH was by far the best things
she could have done after her heart attack. She
met other people in the same situation, some that
were ahead of her in recovery, people whose similar goals
she could aspire to achieve. She bonded
with people, they cheered each other
shares, "The instructors (Penny York, RN, Kelly
Townsend, Exercise Specialist, and Dave Boyer,
Respiratory Therapist) are very calming, caring, you go
into this program not sure of what you can do without
pushing yourself, and they make you feel at ease.
You learn the progression (of your recovery)."
explains that the staff takes your blood pressure before
and after the session, and monitor for problems during
the work out. They pay careful attention to warm up
and cool down, and as JoAnne says,
"they really take good care of
Seeing the turnover in the group and watching people
move forward helps the motivation JoAnne says.
The group environment is very important - it helps
you recover mentally as the exercise helps you recover physically.
really good about myself. I know I can go home
from this class and do things, and that I'll be
OK. Where I just graduated it's kind of
bittersweet, I'll miss the camaraderie of the
group. It really helps keep you going."
Paul and JoAnne's stories are ones
of success. They are like over 100,000 other Americans
each year who are helped to recover from heart
attacks or heart surgery through cardiac rehabilitation. February
8 - 14 is National Cardiac Rehabilitation
Week. The theme of this week is "Cardiac Rehabilitation: The
Pulse of LifeThis theme highlights the role of
prevention in the treatment of heart disease.
Health professionals involved in cardiac rehabilitation
programs throughout the United States will be sponsoring
activities to help people learn about preventing heart
disease. Call the Cardiac Rehabilitation
department at Stephens Memorial Hospital at 207-743-5933
x780 for more information, or ask your physician for a