Posted In Heart & Vascular Patient Story on May 03, 2018
Jackie Ayers may be nearly 80, but she’s not slowing down. “Cardiac Rehab keeps me going,” she says.
Ayers has had several significant heart challenges, bur participating in Peninsula Regional’s
Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has made a difference. She started in 2000, after
she had open heart surgery, taking advantage of the medically monitored Phase II program that helps
recondition patients’ hearts after procedures and surgeries.
“I really enjoy it,” Ayers said. “Every day I go, I know I’ll be able to smile and laugh. There are a lot of fun
people – it’s a very encouraging team.”
Ayers graduated to Phase III – a maintenance program – for several years, but after several years, she
needed a trans-aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure – a minimally invasive alternative to open
heart surgery. Having been through both, Ayers says TAVR was much easier and a shorter recovery. She
returned to Phase II after the TAVR procedure to regain her functionality.
“I appreciate how careful they are about patients,” she said. “You really feel like you’re in good hands.”
Several times a week now, you’ll find Jackie working out on the treadmill or recumbent step machine,
and enjoying warmuips and cooldowns with her friends and peers in the program.
“I’m very glad my cardiologist, Dr. Steven Hearne, told me to come,” she said. “It’s a friendly and warm
place. The activity is good for me and the staff is the best.”