Working Out Despite a Heart Condition

During a routine exam over 10 years ago, Andy Malinow was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. To take charge of his health, he and his wife became JCC members in 2001. He started out by biking and using the treadmill religiously. However, as more symptoms began to appear in 2009, Andy needed surgery to have an LVAD inserted (an LVAD is an artificial heart pump that acts as a heart). After the surgery, Andy continued to keep up his workout routine despite the huge battery case he had to lug around to keep the device working. When Andy was healed enough from his LVAD operation he was able to be placed on a waiting list for a heart. Five months later, the call came. Most heart transplant patients are so weak that they arrive at the hospital in a wheelchair but Andy Malinow walked right in. There was no doubt in the doctors’ minds that Andy was in tip top shape because of his workout routine. When asked what he would he tell people whose health issues discourage them from staying active, Andy says, “Do what you gotta do. You will pay for it in the long run if you don’t. It’s a hassle sometimes but it’s worth it.”

We’re all getting older. Don’t fret over it. Embrace it! At the JCC we promote healthy aging. Check out some of our upcoming classes that can help you get and stay in great shape:

Healthy Aging Series Led by Personal Trainer Karyl Rosen
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
Heart Health
Tuesday, January 24
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans. Learn what steps you can take to reduce your personal risk and protect your health.
$5/JCC Member; $10/Non-member

Fall Prevention
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
Tuesday, February 7
1:30-2:15 p.m.
As we get older, physical changes and health conditions make falls more likely. In fact, falls are the number one leading cause of injury in older adults. Fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life! Let us give you some simple fall prevention strategies.
$5/JCC Member; $10/Non-member

For more information on the Healthy Aging Series, contact Amy Schwartz at

Awareness through Movement: Moshe Feldenkrais Method
Weinberg Park Heights JCC
Thursdays, January 5-19, February 2-16 & March 8-22
9:30 a.m.
Must be 55-years-old or older
Twisting the wrist, turning the head – what was once easy becomes difficult through age, injury and stress. Discover how to reclaim the ease of these movements though the Feldenkrais Method. These simple, gentle movements gradually evolve into greater range and complexity and enable participants to reconnect with their natural ability to move. Requirements: the ability to lie on the floor, bend the knees and have a sense of curiosity!
$20/ JCC Member/$30/No-member per month

For more information and to RSVP, call Lisa Shifren at 410-500-5903.


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