Wellstrides helps patients prevent heart ailments

Pat Doughten is on a treadmill for the first time, but he's not thrilled about it.

"The reason I like walking the track is because I exercise the jaw muscle," Doughten said.

Weights are also part of this 75-year-old's routine at Wellstrides at Mission Heart Path.

It's a program for patients who have risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

"So, we want to get the patient into the program, prevent them from going for a really expensive stent or major heart attack," Heart Path manager Patrick Hickey said.

"Where would you be without this?" News 13's Jay Siltzer asked Doughten.

"I'd probably be back on the operating table if I didn't maintain myself," he replied.

Doughten has been coming here to Wellstrides for the past four years. Each time he comes -- three days a week -- he does about 14 laps, equaling one mile.

"In the autumn of my life," said Doughten, "I want to be able to have a full life."

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