Success Story: Pete

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A fierce competitor his whole life, when Pete ran into health issues in his 80s, he showed that lifelong fitness is its own reward. Just days after competing in a swim meet, he experienced trouble breathing and went to his doctor, where he learned he had a leaking aortal valve and needed emergency surgery. “I think that probably the general cardiovascular strength of my heart kept the leak from overwhelming me in the competition,” he says. Pete’s membership of the Masters swim team at YWCA St. Paul’s Health & Fitness Center helped him to recover from surgery and get back to the breaking records in the pool.  

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