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Eight months after open heart surgery, this Orange Park man ran a marathon. He hasn’t slowed since.

Less than one year after open heart surgery, Gary Cooke ran a marathon. His advice: Do what the doctors tell you. Attend your cardiac rehab. Eat right, exercise, keep positive. His surgeon was STS member Dr. Nathan Bates, medical director of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Orange Park Medical Center. 

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