Fayetteville, Ga. (July 1, 2013) – At 71 years old and close to 200 pounds, Fayetteville resident Ginny Shriner was tired of sitting on the sidelines at family gatherings. Shriner knew that to keep up she would have to make major alterations to her lifestyle. A health scare in 2009 that brought her to Piedmont Fayette Hospital proved to be the perfect motivation Shriner needed before committing to a healthy change.
When doctors discovered that Shriner had three arteries that were up to 98 percent blocked, Shriner was sent to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, where she underwent triple bypass surgery. To aid in recovery from the procedure, Shriner’s physician prescribed cardiac rehabilitation to improve her shortness of breath and fatigue.
“I just started feeling better and better,” said Shriner. “I could do more and there was a spring to my step. I could walk around without getting tired and winded, and I could be a part of doing everything again. I was really living, not just lumping around.”
Soon, Shriner began to see more benefits of cardiac rehabilitation than recovery from the procedure. Her fitness level significantly improved and Shriner saw the pounds melt away as well.
Shriner’s cardiac team encouraged her to exercise regularly so she joined the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Fitness and Rehabilitation Center, where the center’s staff motivated her by making it easier to exercise with step-by-step instructions and tips to squeeze in exercise at home. Today, Shriner is down nearly 50 pounds - almost a quarter of her previous weight.
“Here at the Fitness Center, we merely provide the education, tools and environment to encourage growth,” said Chris Moore, fitness center supervisor. “The members like Ginny do all the hard work and therefore, deserve all the credit for their continued success.”