Dan Cash had a coronary stent implanted in 2009 at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo and felt great, until he didn’t. “Last summer I started having similar symptoms to what I had 10 years ago,” said the 65-year-old Plantersville resident. “I was waiting on an appointment, but I woke up one night very uncomfortable in my chest and went on to the ER. They admitted me to the hospital.”
Cardiologist Barry Bertolet, M.D., put in a new stent the next day, June 6, 2019. Registered nurse Karla Parham of NMMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation team encouraged Dan to consider their program—his wife Sandy encouraged him also. “I still work as an engineer at HM Richards furniture company in Baldwyn,” Dan said, “I told them I really didn’t have time to do that, but they convinced me to try it.”
Dan fit Cardiac Rehabilitation into his work week and was pleasantly surprised. He learned about healthy eating and how to be more active. “In rehab I used rowing machines, treadmills and stationary bicycles. I used to be a jogger when I was younger, but I stopped,” he said. “During rehab, I really got back into exercise. I have always mowed my yard with a push-mower, but now I’m more intentional about it.” In the four months Dan participated in Cardiac Rehabilitation, he lost 50 pounds and has kept it off. He also significantly improved his cholesterol and resting blood pressure.
“I do feel better,” Dan said. “They did a great job of encouraging me and helping me work hard.”