Heart attack survivor rows over 250km in July!!
Three years ago, whilst still in her 50’s Jenny Tippen suffered a heart attack. Despite a strong history of heart problems in her family, Jenny was fit and active. She was not overweight; had no cholesterol problems or high blood pressure, and didn’t drink or smoke. Not an obvious candidate for such a serious medical scare.

Three years ago, whilst still in her 50’s Jenny Tippen suffered a heart attack. Despite a strong history of heart problems in her family, Jenny was fit and active. She was not overweight; had no cholesterol problems or high blood pressure, and didn’t drink or smoke. Not an obvious candidate for such a serious medical scare.

Following what she describes as “Brilliant” care and support from the teams at the William Harvey hospital, her road to recovery began only two weeks after the attack with initial cardiac rehabilitation sessions at the hospital, before attending regular ongoing cardiac-rehab sessions at the Stour Centre. Some three months later she was referred by cardiac-rehab to Ashford Leisure Trust’s “Exercise on Referral” programme under the expert supervision and monitoring of John Deeble. Becky Coniam and David Parker have also been involved with her care.

Now, some three years later Jenny is fitter and healthier than most women of her age, rowing an average of just over 10,000 metres three times a week. Taking further motivation from the Trust’s summer gym challenge, Jenny rowed an amazing 250km during the month of July – averaging 18kms per visit!

Looking back over her three year fitness journey, Jenny feels there were three things that stick out in her memory.
1. The excellent and rapid care she received by the team at William Harvey which prevented major damage to her heart
2. The expert ongoing care, support and motivation she has received from the Cardiac Rehab and Exercise on Referral team at the Stour Centre
3. The use of a heart rate monitor – recommended to her by the Trust’s Exercise on Referral team – which gave her additional confidence through being able to monitor her body’s performance during each workout and see the gradual improvement over the longer term.

So, in the space of only three years, Jenny has gone from a very serious medical condition to being able to walk 40 minutes to the Stour Centre, workout for two and a half hours, and then walk home afterwards to start work on the gardening!

Jenny is just one of hundreds of individuals, many with major health problems, who have taken the decision to adapt a more structured approach to developing an active lifestyle under the supervision and care of the Trust’s Exercise on Referral programme. For more information give us a call on 01233 663503 – or speak to your health practitioner or GP.