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A silent threatWoman's small symptoms sign of serious issue
Before going into the emergency and trauma center that November night, Pfaff had no idea her heart was at risk, which isn’t uncommon. Many people ignore the signs of blockage and attribute the symptoms to their age or fitness level.
After surgery, Pfaff completed the cardiac rehabilitation program at Sanford Health, where she gradually increased her cardiovascular fitness and learned about heart-healthy living.
The biggest challenge Pfaff faced post-surgery was the restriction on driving for six weeks after the operation. The Pfaffs’ good friends Dennis and Betty Steele helped taxi Pfaff back and forth to cardiac rehab three times a week.“We are so grateful for family and friends and neighbors who were there for us. We didn’t cook a meal for three weeks, and everyone was always checking on me,” Pfaff said. “I couldn’t have gotten into trouble even if I had wanted to.”
When Pfaff did get down, she used her nine grandchildren, who range in age from 1 to 11, as motivation during her recovery, and now she feels as good as ever.
“I’m doing wonderful,” Pfaff said. “I’m much, much healthier than I’ve ever been in my life. I would recommend Sanford Health to anyone. I’m so grateful I’m here because I want to be a great-grandmother someday.”
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