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Next stop gym for heart patient Bert

AN 80-year-old grandfather, from Sheffield, who struggled to walk up the hill to his nearest tram stop has found a new lease of life thanks to a GP referral exercise scheme.
Bert Worrall had limited mobility after a heart attack in the 90s left his health in serious decline before being told he had heart failure.
Following an NHS Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme, he was referred to Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, operated by Sheffield International Venues, as part of a GP referral scheme which uses exercise to help strengthen his heart and improve his mobility.
Cardiac rehabilitation instructor Jo Strong said: “I am so pleased with the improvement in Bert’s health and confidence. Working with a heart condition is quite different to working with a physical one.
“Our sessions include light exercises which are tailored to work and strengthen the heart muscle. The group sessions are effective because they give people the chance to meet others with the same health problems as them.
“I’ve seen improvements in Bert both mentally and physically, we have a great time when he comes here and he has even joined the gym so he can exercise in between sessions.”

Go backPosted on 23rd August 2013