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A WakeMed Cardiac Rehab Patient & Football Coach Shares His Story

December 08, 2014

Once a coach, always a coach.  Hal Stewart, the former football coach for Garner High School who led his 1987 team to win the state title, recently completed the WakeMed Cardiac Rehab Program after suffering heart failure last spring.  He spent three months in the program and believes in it so much that he now wants to help coach and support other heart patients who are going through the same thing.

WakeMed’s Cardiac Rehab Program offers a safe, monitored environment where patients can gain the strength, confidence, camaraderie and nutritional know-how needed to live a heart-healthy life.  The program welcomes patients who have or had:

  • A recent heart attack
  • Cardiac bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty or stent placement
  • Valve repair or replacement surgery
  • A heart transplant
  • Stable angina
  • Heart failure

WRAL recently visited with Stewart to hear his story and learn more about why the WakeMed Cardiac Rehab Program is so impactful.  View the story here.