I've been in the maintenance program for 19 years at our hospital-run HealthPlex following my 5X CABG in 2000. I credit the exercise for saving my life 3 years ago while I was in MA from NC and started downing nitro. I came home and saw my interventional cardiologist who did yet another (#7) on my heart. I had no idea how bad I was until seeing my cardiologist 2 weeks later. The first thing he said when he walked into the room was, "I'm surprised you're still alive. You had a 100% block on the Left Anterior Descending Artery – widow maker!" I firmly believe that the time spent in cardiac rehab helped grow the collateral vessels around all my blockages that really help the blood flow.
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