I'm not using this in place of medical advice, but I figure it's a great place to start since some of you may have used this piece of equipment!
I'm thinking of getting the Tony Little Gazelle Elite (lower costing option, without any resistance added) for my Grandmother for Christmas. About my Grandmother: She's 79, not overweight by any means (she's 5' 4"ish and has always been in the 120-130 range), and has always been very active. She worked in her yard daily as it's her pride and joy, mows her own lawn, etc... A few months ago, she kept having epsiodes where she described that she felt she was "fading away" briefly then she'd return back to a normal state. Many tests later, we learned that she has some heart damage from an irregular rhythm that doctors never caught over the last 10 years or so. Even with a pacemaker, the damage is done and her heart rate still flucuates somewhat erratically. She has one of those Life Alert like buttons, since she lives alone.
She wants to stay somewhat active/try to prevent the weakening as much as possible.... No more mowing the yard and lifting heavy plants. She tried doing something as simple as walking around the block in her neighborhood, and barely made it home... she tires very easily from doing simple things day to day. I want to get her something she can use in her home so if something happens or she needs to stop, she can without worrying how to get back home.
Do you think the Gazelle would be a good option? I want something that'll allow her to get some movement in and build some strength, but I don't want anything that's going to put too much stress on her either. I had considered a treadmill, but they're a bit out of my price range for one that's decent.
Thanks in advance!
p.s. Sorry this is so long, I'm just really worried about her.