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CARDIAC
REHAB

A heart disease
diagnosis doesn't
have to sideline you.

REHAB FOR

HEARTS

Cardiac rehabilitation can make all the
difference for people with heart problems

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W IN TER 2017

The diagnosis was a devastating blow. Her
doctors wondered if she needed a heart
transplant. Her ejection fraction score, which
measures the percentage of blood leaving
the heart with each contraction, was about
20 percent. Normal is 55 percent or higher.
Fortunately, Cox also left with a referral
to cardiac rehabilitation.
"I had an expectation that it wouldn't
make a difference," she says. "I did what
I needed to do, but I never expected that
things would improve."

PHOTO BY GLOW IMAGES

Linda Cox was 59 when she had a
heart attack. A delay in treatment
led to permanent damage to her
heart. She did OK for a while, and
then, about eight years later and
after two trips to the emergency
department, she learned she had
congestive heart failure.



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