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On Feb. 19, 2015, Albany resident Dick Running suffered a heart attack at the Spring Hill Golf Club that sent him to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Two years prior, Running had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart beat is irregular or rapid. Running had tried different treatment options, including cardiac ablation, a procedure that can help correct heart rhythm problems. 

As part of his recovery following his heart attack, Running’s doctor at Samaritan Cardiology, Sridhar Vijayasekaran, MD, prescribed him sessions with the cardiac rehabilitation program at Samaritan Albany General Hospital, which was a great fit for Running.

“Everyone was so welcoming and nice,” explained Running. “At a regular gym I always feel a sense of competition, but I don’t feel that at cardiac rehab. Everyone is there to support each other.”

The cardiac rehabilitation program at Samaritan Albany General Hospital provides safe, structured exercise guided by cardiac rehabilitation staff. They monitor the patient’s heart during exercise, tailor programs to fit individual needs and provide heart and nutrition education.

The Albany General Hospital Foundation supports the great work being done at the cardiac rehabilitation gym through patient scholarships and new equipment, including a recumbent stepper and strength training machine.

Twice a week, Running goes to cardiac rehab where he uses the treadmill, stationary bike, rowing machine and weights as part of his exercise routine. He also appreciates the expertise of the staff.

“The people there are not only friendly, but very professional and well trained. I feel like they really know what they are doing.”

These days, Running is getting ready for retirement from his accounting career and getting back out on the golf course, which is a great representation of the progress he has made.

“I found after the accident that I had lost a lot of strength and stamina,” he said. “My goal is to be able to walk the golf course again instead of riding a cart.”