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VIDEO: Jeff Schneider

When Jeff Schneider of Rockford was having chest pain and discomfort doing normal, everyday activities; he knew something just wasn’t right. On January 6, 2020, Jeff had open heart surgery when Dr. Montoya Taylor, an interventional cardiologist at Mercyhealth, discovered that he would need surgery to correct blockages in his arteries. Due to COVID-19, Jeff’s rehab appointments were delayed, but he remained committed to his health. He joined a gym and started his own exercise plan.

In July, Jeff was back, full swing, as a patient of Mercyhealth’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, getting one-hour therapy twice a week. He has continued to exceed expectations, especially when it comes to making healthy lifestyle changes and bettering his health.

“I am functioning at better cardio capacity and feel so much better,” said Jeff. “It’s not just about working out and getting stronger, it’s about nutrition too. The team at Mercyhealth Cardiac Rehab also works with me to track my eating and help me make better choices.”

Mercyhealth’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center–Rockford just received cardiac rehabilitation certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification recognizes Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

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