Jack Lee’s Story

A believer in cardiac rehab

As a young salesman, Jack Lee had his first heart attack at 45 years old. After his quadruple bypass, he felt much better. So much so that he opted not to participate in cardiac rehab. 

“I was hardheaded,” he admitted. Eight years later, he was back at Baptist to undergo a procedure to receive a stent.

Time went by and as he neared retirement Jack once again found himself at Baptist after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. During his battle with the disease, he learned he needed yet another stent. 

“This time, my wife got my attention and strongly encouraged me to go through Baptist’s cardiac rehab program,” he said. “I have to admit, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I can actually feel and see the benefits. I lost 12 pounds, my blood pressure decreased, my waist size went down and my endurance went up. All the staff are just amazing people and great motivators. I enjoy coming way more than I ever thought I would.”

Jack, and patients like him, use the specialized rehabilitation equipment at our Cardiac Rehab unit to regain the strength and function they lost during their illness and treatment. Baptist Health Foundation was able to purchase the equipment through support from generous donors and proceeds from the annual Hearts & Clubs Golf Tournament.

Jack felt blessed to receive treatment for both of his health issues at Baptist, and is grateful for the compassionate care he received from both teams of experts.

“I have to praise the physicians as well,” Jack added. “My urologist and cardiologist and their staffs are just great. No one wants to have these health issues, but it’s good to know that Baptist is here for you when you do. I can’t imagine the care being better anywhere else!”

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