Cardiac grads compete in World Heart Games

On May 17 and 18, 11 graduates of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Monadnock Community Hospital will join other athletes from across the globe who have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease to compete in an Olympic-style competition at the 2013 World Heart Games.

This two-day competition will be held at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. The games are an excellent opportunity for athletes to engage in a range of sports events that are consistent with their health status and capabilities.

In addition to providing a safe athletic competition for cardiovascular patients, the World Heart Games help cardiac patients and their families understand that through appropriate return to regular physical activity and lifestyle changes, cardiac patients can restore their confidence and incorporate the ‘joy of sports’ back in their lives.

Since MCH’s program inception 20 years ago, approximately 2,000 men and women have gone through the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The program has transformed the lives of many by teaching them how to halt the number one killer, heart disease. The program is intended to sustain and improve participant’s quality of life. To help ensure participation by all qualified athletes, the team is currently raising $10,000 so everyone interested in going may travel.

Those interested in donating toward this cause can make checks payable to Cardiac Rehabilitation and mail to Monadnock Community Hospital, Cardiac Rehabilitation, 458 Old Street Road, Peterborough 03458.

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