‘Widow Maker’ Heart Attack Survivor
On April 2017 (one year after my cardiac event), I saw my cardiologist, Dr. Aman Saw, and he said, “I love the weight loss, I love your EKG. Your blood pressure is excellent. Frankly, I am surprised.” I told him Karen Owoc’s care got me back on my feet.
On April 2016 at age 59, my heart stopped for 7 minutes. I was shocked 3 times and revived. I was 275 lbs. and had one stent put in an artery of my heart — the Widow Maker*. I was out of breath tying my shoes and walking stairs. Then I was “KO’d”(rehabbed by Karen Owoc) and dropped 40 pounds. I’ve greatly improved my aerobic function and flexibility. Went off all medication and just on aspirin therapy now.
Working with Karen could have prevented my massive heart attack that cost over $100,000 in medical bills. After being in her cardiac rehab class and getting advice on nutrition, I dropped 40 lbs. and got in excellent shape. I reduced my risk of stroke and another heart attack by 50%.
Karen really cares. She is motivating, very knowledgeable, and she’s fun. Also, I loved her educational ”whiteboards”!
*The Widow Maker is a blockage in the left anterior descending artery of the heart. It is called the Widow Maker because as far as heart attacks go, the consequences are catastrophic and often result in sudden death.
Open-Heart Surgery Survivor
I have had the privilege of being an active continuous participant (generally three days per week) in health related class sessions conducted by Karen since February, 2016 through this date. These include both cardiac rehabilitation after my heart operation and continuing heart related exercise and education classes. This extensive involvement has been extremely beneficial to me and others from a cardiac improvement standpoint and an overall health improvement and education perspective. All these objectives have been accomplished successfully and in a very professional manner.
Karen’s approach to this rehabilitation and educational process has been conducted in a congenial and seamless manner utilizing both her knowledge and interpersonal skills to tailor each individual’s program to their specific needs and adjust the participant’s program as progress is made or if their physical situation changes, as in my case, since I recently had spine surgery in February. It is also very apparent that she has a wealth of knowledge on many health-related conditions and applies these using a detailed, informative, caring and friendly approach that each participant benefits from and appreciates.
Karen is extremely knowledgeable and works hard to stay current in her profession. She conveys information calmly, is extremely organized, and always works to upgrade each participant’s goals and objective so that they maximize the effort being put forth by each individual. She successfully adapts to dealing with an age group spread from middle age to those of us, including myself, approaching 80 years old. It is readily apparent to all that she is dedicated to her profession and helping each participant live healthier, longer lives and is consequently deeply respected by everyone I have attended classes with.
Joseph Covello, P.E., Fellow, ASCE
Sonia Multani, MD
I don’t have enough words of appreciation for Karen Owoc. As a physician who was hit with a diagnosis which meant a sudden stop in my daily activities, I was so fortunate to be connected with Karen. I understand how an acute or chronic illness can be devastating to patients.
Karen has helped me heal and return to my normal form and way beyond that. She works diligently and cautiously with me. She listens to my body. She improvises a workout if I cannot do it. Her knowledge is impressive! I am always excited about working out with her because I’m excited to see what my body is capable of! She is truly a gifted healer!
Open-Heart Surgery Survivor
Karen Owoc has been working with me since shortly after my heart surgery (triple bypass in 2015 at age 58) and again after my total hip replacement. She has now started me on a healthy modified Pilates routine and easy-to-follow eating plan to lose weight and manage my diabetes.
She is one of the many great humans — docs, nurses, surgeons, and Karen — that I credit for keeping me alive. I just shot the best round in years today! Best my body has felt on the course in a long, long time! I still have weight to lose, but I feel great!
I have just completed a cardiac rehabilitation program that was highly successful and which greatly exceeded my expectations. In addition to accomplishing all of the physical fitness milestones that were intended, the program was educational, motivating and fun. This was clearly due entirely to its exceptional leader, Karen Owoc.
Karen not only designs and leads the program, she “partners” with participants in carrying it out, physically leading the warm-ups herself, personally monitoring and regulating each person’s workouts, and discussing and counseling individual progress. She is very knowledgable and instills confidence. Karen creates an atmosphere that motivates participants to want to succeed, and to enjoy doing so.
Reason for rehab program: age 78, two heart stents.
Profession: retired physicist. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Director (retired), National Nuclear Security Administration, Principal Deputy Administrator (retired), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Deputy Director (retired).