Heart to Heart

Liz Thomas' Story

Liz Thomas’ Virtua story is a tale of two hearts.

Liz was recovering from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm while her father, Herb, prepared for his own heart surgery. The procedures required Liz and Herb to complete rigorous post-surgery rehabilitation programs to help them regain cardiac strength.

The Thomas’s understood rehab would present physical and mental challenges, but Liz says she was surprised when fear and self-doubt set in over completing everyday tasks, like taking a walk. But, as a confident business owner driven to succeed, she was determined to overcome the obstacles and to help her father do the same.

They chose Virtua’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program to help them through the journey. “What the caregivers there did for me mentally was just as important as what they did for me physically,” said Liz. “They were extraordinary.”

Virtua's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program promotes recovery, independence and education for patients recuperating from cardiovascular diseases. Patients gain physical strength and get the skills needed to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The program is accredited by the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, led by board-certified cardiologists and staffed by cardiac rehab nurse specialists and exercise physiologists.

Liz said she regained the confidence and strength she needed to be active again and also credits the Virtua Cardiac Rehabilitation team with giving her dad a new lease on life. At age 84, Herb now exercises on a regular basis. He is grateful for the care he received at Virtua that keeps his heart in good shape.

“It is high quality, state-of-the-art and the staff is so caring,” says Herb. “They treat you with respect.”


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