Glynda’s Story: Cardiac Rehab Helped Me Get Better

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Glynda’s Story


Glynda Reames, Heart Survivor

I didn’t want to ignore the symptoms.

I remember sitting at my desk when my left arm went numb. I knew that the symptoms for a heart attack were different for women than men, but I didn’t have a clue what was going on. I’m not really an alarmist, but I didn’t want to ignore something that might be wrong, so I went to the emergency room. After examining me the doctor asked who my cardiologist was. I said, “I didn’t have one” and he said, “You do now.”

Turns out I had an irregular heartbeat. To be more specific, a micro valve prolapse. I probably had it all my life and didn’t even know it. The doctor said I’d need to have surgery at some point in my life and that turned out to be five years later.

It was a long road to recovery, but the cardiac rehab staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital was there for me. The people were very professional and caring. It was such an uplifting experience. The nurses, exercise trainers and volunteers were genuinely concerned with my health and helping me get better. They set me up with a daily routine of walking, exercising, and stretching. Before I’d start, the nurses would take my blood pressure so I felt like I had a safety net. There’s a comfort to having nurses around after you’ve had a serious heart procedure. Each day I was exhausted, but couldn’t wait to go back.

At the end of my rehab, I was a whole new person. I wanted to give something back so I signed up to be a cardiac rehab volunteer. It’s been a wonderful experience. Every cardiac rehab volunteer has gone through some type of heart procedure. So we can relate to the patient and their family. One of the things I enjoy most is getting to know the patients and their families. I see people who arrive in wheelchairs and by the time they leave, they have a skip in their walk. It’s just a very, very happy place. They truly made a difference in my life. Now I’m making a difference in the lives of others.

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  1. Sandy Smith
    February 11, 2014

    Like Glenda, I owe so much to the nurses and volunteers who were by my side throughout my rehab from a heart stent. God bless them because I truly believe they collectively saved my life.

  2. Mary Meza, Director THAM Rehab Services
    February 11, 2014

    The THAM Cardiac Rehab program is a vital part of the THAM Rehabilitation Services.
    Glynda is an example of the many, many grateful patients whose lives are changed by the wonderful team of nurses, exercise specialists and volunteers who dedicate their work/volunteer lives to rehabilitating individuals with cardiac diagnoses. This team truly exemplifies our Promise of Individuals Caring for Individuals, Together!

  3. Beth Harrison
    February 11, 2014

    Glynda attends my Zumba classes at Arlington Memorial’s Fitness Center and is such an inspiration! She is a wonderful, positive person, always smiling, always happy, and I enjoy having her in class. I was thrilled to find out she was selected to tell her story of recovery!


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