Specific rehabilitation is often necessary for patients following a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, balloon angioplasty or even surgery. Recently, the Volunteer Auxiliary at St. Luke’s Health Memorial helped ensure patients have the best equipment needed to begin the road to recovery.
Thanks to the Volunteer Auxiliary’s generous donation, the Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation Center now has three new pieces of equipment, including a recumbent bicycle, a recumbent stepper and an arm bicycle. According to Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Nancy Sanchez, the recumbent bicycle is ideal for patients needing to strengthen their leg muscles. The arm bicycle can be used by patients needing to get their heart rate up, but unable to transition to a treadmill. Both the arm bicycle and the recumbent stepper, which is similar to an elliptical machine except patients can excise while remaining seated, are wheelchair accessible.