Car­diac sup­port group is good for the heart

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

PEO­PLE who have suf­fered heart at­tacks are be­ing en­cour­aged to make the most of a fan­tas­tic re­source within the com­mu­nity.

The Mac­cles­field & District Car­diac Sup­port Group, which sup­ports patients af­ter they have suf­fered heart prob­lems, claims none of their mem­bers have suf­fered a re­lapse dur­ing its 19 years.

The Car­diac Sup­port Group holds drop in ex­er­cise ses­sions twice a week.

They sup­port peo­ple to take part in the ex­er­cises that are car­ried out as part of the car­diac re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions at the hos­pi­tal, at a com­fort­able pace.

Arthur Kent, from the group, said: “Every­one is wel­come, be they heart patients or their car­ers, to come along and take part in an ex­er­cise ses­sion in or­der to ex­plore the ben­e­fits to them­selves. Some of our mem­bers are trained in C.P.R tech­niques and also in the use of de­fib­ril­la­tors.

“One is owned by the group and is kept where the ex­er­cise ses­sions are held.”

He added: “The time af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart prob­lem can be lonely and daunt­ing.

“When the hos­pi­tal treat­ment ends, patients can find them­selves cop­ing with a new di­ag­no­sis and un­sure about how to start a new life­style of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise which is vi­tal in the preven­tion of fur­ther prob­lems with the heart.

“In­cred­i­bly, in 19 years of sup­port­ing those with heart prob­lems, none of the mem­ber­ship who at­tend have had a re-oc­cur­rence of their orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

“Be­ing able to talk to peo­ple who have been through sim­i­lar prob­lems helps peo­ple to main­tain a healthy life­style and keep a reg­u­lar com­mit­ment to ex­er­cise.”

Ses­sions are held in the In­sti­tute Hall at All Saints Church, Brough Street West, Mac­cles­field from 2-3pm then 3-4pm on Tues­days and 7-8pm on Thurs­days.

Peo­ple are wel­come to join in with any class and don’t need to book a place.

For £6.50 a year, peo­ple can then be­come mem­bers of the group and ben­e­fit from guided classes as well as ac­cess to gym equip­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to talk some­one about life be­yond a heart prob­lem, e-mail car­diac­sup­port@ vir­gin­ or call 01625 426343.

Meme­bers keep fit us­ing equip­ment pro­vided by Mac­cle­sifeld and District Car­diac Sup­port Group,

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