Jack McDonald says having access to experts to help plan and guide your recover from heart disease is one of the most important benefits of the fitLife program.
“The staff members are very professional,” said McDonald, who has stents in his heart. “You don’t get to use the equipment until they show you how to use it so you don’t overexert yourself. I felt much better after I started in the program.”
While he now lives in Prince Albert, McDonald originally started with the program a couple years ago. He got advice for exercising, but managed his program at his then-home at Candle Lake. After moving into Prince Albert, he was active three days each week at the Alfred Jenkins Fieldhouse.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s fitLife program is focused on helping patients with cardiac, pulmonary and other chronic illnesses. This includes:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation – An exercise and education program available to individuals experiencing angina, heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, stent procedures, valve surgery or pacemakers.
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation – An exercise and education program available to individuals with asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), sarcoidosis, cystic fibrosis or lung transplant.
- Risk Management – An exercise and education program for individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.
In addition to the actual exercise programs, the fitLife program also provides education about stress management, nutrition, , and medications, and understanding more about heart risk factors.
The annual Walk of Life will take place on June 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Alfred Jenkins Fieldhouse. The event raises funds to help support the program, as well as raising awareness about support available for people with heart, lung and other chronic diseases.
Nine in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease. Heart disease can be prevented!
“I would recommend that anyone with a heart problem to look into this program,” McDonald said.