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Published on December 10, 2003

Andrews Woman Named “Patient of the Year”

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Georgetown, SC - For Andrews resident Sandra Walker, 2002 was not a great year.

However, 2003 was much better. And thanks to Walker’s self discipline and new - found dedication to exercise, 2004 is looking even better!

The 64-year-old woman has just been named the South Carolina Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Association’s “Patient of the Year”. She will be an honored guest at a state meeting in Charleston in March, where she will receive the “Patient of the Year” award.

In 2002, Sandra Walker’s heart health was poor. In fact, she suffered a heart attack which ultimately led to bypass surgery. Late in December, 2002, her life changed for the better when she enrolled in a Phase 2 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program offered by Georgetown Hospital System at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Walker, who completed 36 sessions of the Phase 2 program now attends the Phase 3, self-maintenance program twice each week. Since her heart attack and surgery, she has become an avid exercise enthusiast and now routinely participates in cardio, strength training and flexibility exercises.

Since beginning the Cardiopulmonary Rehab program at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Sandra Walker also has made significant positive changes in weight, hip and waist measurements, body mass index and flexibility. Her success also can be measured by positive changes in such indicators as cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Some medications she took routinely before changing her diet, lifestyle and exercise patterns are no longer necessary.

Walker credits the program with having a major impact on her life. “Rehab, along with diet has made all the difference in my everyday life,” she says.

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Georgetown Memorial Hospital is a physician-referred program. The program begins on an inpatient basis, before moving into Phase 2 and 3, which are outpatient programs. Cardiopulmonary Rehab involves monitored exercise and lifestyle changes, including diet education. For information about the program, call 527 – 7419.


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