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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth County resident gets her heart back in shape with Cardiac Rehab

  • When 56-year-old Tammie McGinnis was diagnosed with a heart murmur and leaking aortic valve several years ago, the problem wasn't bad enough to warrant surgery.
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  • When 56-year-old Tammie McGinnis was diagnosed with a heart murmur and leaking aortic valve several years ago, the problem wasn't bad enough to warrant surgery.
    Instead, Maria Javaid, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist with Providence Medical Group, Cardiology, kept close watch on the leaking valve. "I never let it keep me from doing what I wanted to do," McGinnis says. "We show horses at a national level, and I need to be able to lead them on a halter around the ring. But when I began having problems with shortness of breath, I knew something was wrong. I just felt like someone had unplugged me."
    When McGinnis returned to Dr. Javaid for a check-up, she agreed. After careful investigation, she found McGinnis' valve had deteriorated. Dr. Javaid recommended open heart surgery to repair the southern Leavenworth County resident's aortic valve, as well as an aortic aneurysm that also was discovered during testing.
    To help McGinnis recover after the operation, Dr. Javaid advised her to take part in cardiac rehabilitation at the Providence Saint John Rock Creek Medical Plaza in Lansing with Lara Whetstone, M.S.Ed., exercise physiologist.
    "Cardiac rehab is really helping me tremendously," McGinnis says. "Lara does a wonderful job of explaining everything to me and is keeping me on track." During McGinnis' workouts, she performs a series of warm-ups to get her heart rate up, then walks on a treadmill, rides an exercise bike and cools down.
    The whole time, Whetstone monitors her vital signs closely. "I really feel good about working out at Cardiac Rehab," McGinnis says, "Lara keeps a close eye on me and is always very encouraging. She makes me feel like I can do this."
    She also has given McGinnis a series of exercises she can do at home to continue strengthening her heart. "I'm seeing an improvement in my stamina," McGinnis says. "I'm not so out of breath and I feel much better than when I started the program."
    Though she admits she's not likely to be running any marathons soon, McGinnis does hope to one day return to the show ring with her horses. In the meantime, she'll continue to work with Whetstone to get her heart back in shape.
    "Cardiac Rehab at Rock Creek Medical Plaza is such a nice facility and so close by, it's really a great resource for those of us who live in Leavenworth County," McGinnis says. "I look forward to my workouts with Lara. I know I am in good hands with her!"
    For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation at Rock Creek Medical Plaza, call 913-596-4950.
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