People living with heart, lung or vascular disease can now lead an active
and productive lifestyle thanks to Gunnison Valley Health’s 12 week
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.
New to Gunnison Valley Rupert ‘Mick’ Meek said for years while
living in Denver he didn’t know he had a heart problem until after
various invasive operations took place.
“When I woke to find my leg doubled in size, I knew something was
not right,” said Mr. Meek.
“After being rushed to the emergency hospital, it turns out I had
several blood clots and needed five stints, one for each main artery,”
Mr. Meek said.
To treat his heart condition, Mr. Meek resulted to taking 11 pills each
day, lost his balance and most of his muscle strength.
“After each major operation, I was told to go home, sit and watch
the Price is Right,” he said.
“I used to be so active and loved all outdoor activities from skiing
to hunting, fishing and hiking. I became very depressed when I didn’t
have enough energy or strength to do the activities I loved,” said Mr. Meek.
Moving to the area to spend time with his grandchildren, Mr. Meek realized
he had to improve his life. He heard about Gunnison Valley Health’s
12 week cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program and came in for an
assessment with Lead Program Supervisor Carmen Mattics.
“When I first assessed Mick, he could only walk for 6 minutes at
a time, had no muscular strength and struggled to breathe,” said
“We listened to Mick’s goals and developed a one-on-one 12
week program that encompassed closely monitored exercise classes, mental
health and nutrition to promote a healthy lifestyle,” said Ms. Mattics.
As a result of the program, Mr. Meek reduced his pill intake, can work
out independently, has joined a gym and can keep up with his two year
old twin grandsons.
“There is nothing I can do to say thank you so much to Carmen and
her team. This program has changed my whole mental and physical aspect.
I’m coming back to life and that is worth my weight in gold,”
said Mr. Meek.
For more information on the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program
or if you are out of town and would like to continue your existing program,
please contact Gunnison Valley Health at 970-641-7295.