|Medical Leader | JESSICA HOWARD
|ROAD TO RECOVERY: Rose Johnson, a cardiac rehab patient at Pikeville Medical Center, praises the cardiac rehab staff for their support.|
PIKEVILLE - â€œPikeville Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is amazing,â€ said Rose Johnson of Pikeville.
In January 2009, Johnson, a secretary in PMC’s Emergency Department, was diagnosed with a â€œwidow maker,â€ a nickname used to described a clogged coronary artery in the heart. She underwent a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) to improve blood flow to her heart.
Johnson says she was fortunate to begin treatment at PMC’s cardiac rehab facility.
â€œGoing through PMC’s cardiac rehab program really helped me through the recovery process,â€ she said. â€œAfter surgery, you are a little afraid to exercise or get out and do the things you used to do by yourself. You don’t know what your limits are and if you are overdoing it.â€
The qualified staff closely monitors each of their patients to ensure they are okay.
â€œThey make you feel so comfortable and safe,â€ she said. â€œIf anything shows up on the monitors while you are exercising, they know it and are able to take care of you.â€
Rehab also helped Johnson cope with depression.
â€œI think the reason I didn’t get as depressed as some people do is because I actively participated in the program,â€ Johnson said. â€œAttending cardiac rehab made me feel like I was okay, that I could get back into the swing of things and live a normal life. I would definitely recommend PMC’s cardiac rehab to anyone. It made me feel wonderful.â€
Prior to seeking medical attention, Johnson suffered abnormal symptoms for many months.
She assumed they were caused by getting too hot or sudden changes in blood sugar levels.
â€œDon’t ever ignore any type of symptom; it may be nothing but you don’t know until you check it out,â€ she warned.
â€œIf something is happening to your body that is not normal, have it checked and find out what it is. It just might save your life.â€
Johnson’s symptoms included episodes of nausea, feeling faint to the point of passing out, cold sweats, heart pounding and blacking out. When she felt this way, she would lie down for 10-15 minutes.
â€œI just overlooked these symptoms for several months and never said anything to anyone,â€ she said.
â€œI didn’t associate these symptoms with a heart problem. I had no idea.â€
Now that she is better, Johnson says she has a lot to live for.
â€œGod gave me a second chance and it’s up to me what I do with it,â€ she said.
â€œI’m definitely going to take care of myself, because He has me here for a reason and isn’t done with me yet.â€
Now, four years later, Johnson receives follow-up care from Pikeville Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute’s Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Muhammad Ahmad.
â€œI thank God for the physicians and everyone here at PMC,â€ she said.
â€œFor many years, patients had to leave this area to receive treatment, and now we have it all right here...we are very blessed to have this hospital and everything we need to take care of us. Pikeville Medical Center has grown so much and offers the best in medical technology. There is no reason to go anywhere else.â€
For more information, call Cardiac Rehab at 606-218-4925.