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Cardiac rehab patient recommends Waverly Health Center

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Cardiac Rehab Patient Recommends Waverly Health Center's Program

June 24, 2024

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation nursing staff

Earlier this year, a Denver native woke up in the night with pressure in her chest. Never having felt pressure in her chest before, she called an ambulance. After arriving at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital, she had a nuclear stress test done. During this procedure, a blockage was found in an artery in her heart, resulting in two stents being placed. A few weeks later, the patient began cardiac rehabilitation at Waverly Health Center (WHC).

The patient admitted that she chose WHC’s cardiac rehab program out of familiarity – her doctor’s office is in the same building. The reason she continues to recommend WHC’s program to others, though, is because of the “pristine” facility itself and the friendly people who are behind it. 

Right away, the patient noticed the cardiac rehab nurses were always smiling, laughing and talking with each person in the room. “As a former teacher and consultant,” she said, “building relationships is the most important thing." 

Cardiac events can be scary, but this patient wants to spread the word that recovery doesn’t have to be. “What could have been a frightening experience turned out to be wonderful,” she said. “I always looked forward to going to cardiac rehab.” 

In the end, companionship and conversation can make all the difference. During her time in cardiac rehab, this patient, the nurses and other rehab patients bonded over the Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team during their journey to the Final Four. 

“The staff of nurses are such a fun group,” she commented. “They’re genuine, warm and work well together. They make you feel like you’ve just made a new friend for life.” 

To learn more about cardiac rehabilitation at Waverly Health Center, visit Cardiac Rehabilitation | Waverly Health Center