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Maggie Johnson – an activated cardiac patient

 

 

 

 

 

Yorkshire-born Maggie Johnson is a vibrant, fun loving grandmother in her mid-sixties, she has always been physically active and is of a slim build, so it came as a huge surprise to her that she could have a heart attack.

Following three days of chest pains, Maggie reluctantly called her doctor who immediately called an ambulance to admit her to Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. She was diagnosed with a heart attack and sent immediately for surgery to have a stent put into to one of her arteries.

“Following surgery I did the six-week rehab course at Papworth, which was good, but then I was on my own, which was scary. Every time I had a funny feeling in my chest, I didn’t know whether to call the doctor or not.

Luckily I was then referred to the Active+ programme to help me follow on my self-care. We were shown the exercises, and how to use all of the monitoring equipment and the computer to see all my statistics. It made me feel much more secure about my health, and I could print out the data and take it to the next doctor’s appointment instead of having to remember how I’d been feeling, it’s all there in black and white.”

The ongoing support has been an important element of Maggie’s recovery. It has given her peace of mind and greater confidence in managing her condition.

“Over the months you can see changes in your health. My husband was taken into hospital and I noticed that my blood pressure was up and I had lost a little weight. I’ve also been tracking my meds and altered what I take for my asthma when I noticed a pattern of feeling unwell.”

Socialising is encouraged in the exercise group and following each session:

“In the exercise groups, we chat quite a lot! We talk about things to do with our health, the meds we’re taking, what various doctors have said etc. It’s very reassuring and great from a social aspect as well. A few of the ladies were struggling with low blood pressure when tired, it was helpful to discuss it and know that others had the same problems.”

Aseptika have remained very involved with the participants during the programme, attending each exercise group and being on hand should anyone experience problems using the technology.

“The people from Aseptika were great, they showed us how to use our phones! I’m not very technology-minded. Then once I learnt how to use it all, I couldn’t stop checking it. My grandchildren like having a look at my Buddy Band too, to see how many steps I’ve done.

I am sure that doing this programme will keep us all going for a lot longer. I hope that by looking at the charts, we won’t have to go back into hospital.”

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