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WakeMed’s Cardiac Rehab Program Receives Generous Gift

Michael Dean Chadwick (third from left) with caregivers from the WakeMed Cardiac Rehab Program

WakeMed would like to thank former cardiac patient Michael Dean Chadwick and Advancing the Heart for the generous gift of 25 wristwatch-style heart monitors that will be used by patients of the WakeMed Cardiac Rehab Program. Valued at $50 each, the monitors will remain with the program so that multiple patients can use and benefit from them. The monitors will allow staff to receive an exact reading on a patient’s heart rate while he or she is exercising, in addition to allowing the patient to monitor him/herself during exercise. 

WakeMed Cardiac Rehab offers a safe, monitored environment where patients can gain the strength, confidence, camaraderie and nutritional knowledge needed to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Patients of this program have experienced or are managing a recent heart attack, cardiac bypass surgery, an angioplasty or stent placement, valve repair or replacement surgery, a heart transplant, stable angina or heart failure. 

Chadwick himself graduated from the WakeMed Cardiac Rehab Program on Friday, October 10, after about five months of participation. Through his experience, he was inspired to make a donation and spoke with nurse Lynne Boyd about what he could do to help support the program and the many cardiac patients it serves. Chadwick’s donation was made possible through Advancing the Heart, a 501 (c) (3) organization that works to positively impact lives through innovation in cardiac technology, education and advocacy.

“Sometimes you want to say thank you, and flowers just don’t do it,” commented Chadwick. “These monitors will offer very powerful information and can be used to help many [cardiac rehab patients] for years to come.”