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22nd Century Media | April 25, 2019 | 13

New Lenox woman recovers

from heart procedure with

rehab at Silver Cross

For most women, a tightfitting

bra is uncomfortable,

but for retired school

administrative secretary

Nancy Teschke, it was a

lifesaving signal to see a


A few years ago, Teschke

came to the painful realization

that she had gained a

lot of weight; in fact, she

was at an all-time high. So

she embarked on a weightloss

journey that included

hiking, biking and golf.

To her delight, this youngat-heart,

active wife and

mother of adult children

lost 50 pounds following a

year’s investment of dedicated


Relaxing on a vacation

watching TV last fall

in Branson, Missouri, she

wondered why her bra felt

tight. She admittedly felt

a little lightheaded and

fatigued on occasion, but

chalked it up to needing

new glasses, overdoing

activities or overeating on

vacation, especially after a

round of golf and visiting

tourist attractions. In the

back of her mind, she also

knew her dad had suffered

heart disease, but quickly

put that out of her mind.

Luckily, her husband ignored

her excuses and took

her to the nearest emergency

room where an angioplasty

revealed a 99 percent

blockage in her main coronary

artery and a 50 percent

blockage in a second one.

This degree of blockage

is often referred to as “the

widow maker.” Two stents

were inserted and, after a

short hospital stay, she returned

home to New Lenox

still overwhelmed by the

experience and concerned

about the future.

“It was frightening to realize

that what I assumed

was minor discomfort actually

indicated a desperately

dangerous heart condition,”

Teschke said.

She called Heartland

Cardiovascular and connected

with cardiologist

Hazem Al Muradi, M.D.,

who designed a follow-up

care plan that included cardiac

rehabilitation at Silver

Cross Hospital.

“This was a big wake-up

call for me, and I appreciated

the informative staff

guidance during my rehab

program,” Teschke said. “I

learned why I was doing

certain exercises and what

I could expect in terms

of health improvements.

The staff was friendly and

knowledgeable, and the

constant monitoring gave

me confidence that I could

safely return to a normal,

even healthier life.”

Silver Cross rehabilitation

nurses and exercise

physiologists monitor activities

with telemetry and

helped Teschke learn to

change her bike riding to a

level that benefits her heart.

“A diagnosis or treatment

for a heart condition

can be life-changing, even

frightening,” said Brendan

Casey, Manager of Cardiology,

Endoscopy and

the Interventional Lab at

Silver Cross. “The goal of

the Silver Cross Cardiac

Rehabilitation Program is

to provide individualized,

progressive exercise and

education to help participants

and families recover

from the cardiovascular

event and prevent future

heart problems. Our program

is designed to improve

the functioning of the

heart and lungs, strengthen

muscles and help our patients

confidently live their

best life.”

Teschke said the program

has helped her in

many ways.

“I learned about building

cardio endurance and

strength fitness through

monitored activities and

education,” Teschke said.

“I attended classes to

learn about diet and lifestyle

changes that would

improve my overall heart

health and fitness, such as

watching hidden sodium

levels and stress management


Having recently completed

36 rehabilitation

sessions over 12 weeks, Te-

Please see heart, 18


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my Breast Care

at Silver Cross?


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