Open heart surgery and cardiac rehabilitation put Visalia man on road to recovery.
Something was wrong with Bob. He was “feeling funny” but couldn’t
put his finger on what was wrong with his body. Not normally one to call
a doctor for every ache and pain, he could no longer ignore the unusual
discomfort in his chest. “I was trying to lose weight, but I was
feeling like a beached whale,” Bob said about his effort to exercise.
In March 2018, concerned about how quickly he would become exhausted,
the 55-year-old of Visalia turned to the nationally recognized and award-winning
cardiac surgery team at Kaweah Delta for answers.
During his appointment with board-certified Cardiologist Dr. Ashkan Attaran,
Bob failed a treadmill test. Dr. Attaran told Bob he needed an angiogram,
a special x-ray test to find out if his coronary arteries were blocked
or narrowed. Unfortunately, Bob didn’t get the good news he hoped
for – Dr. Attaran found two blockages, a 90% blockage and a 100% blockage.
Bob was referred to Dr. Leheb Araim, a local cardiothoracic surgeon affiliated
with Kaweah Delta. “If he can’t fix me, no one can,”
Bob thought. “His impressive résumé gave me confidence
and I felt I didn’t have anything to worry about.”
In August 2018, Bob underwent open-heart surgery to improve the flow of
blood to his heart. The surgery was a success, and changed Bob’s
outlook on life. Since, Bob has vastly changed his fast-paced lifestyle
and unhealthy eating habits. To help build good habits, Bob enrolled in
Kaweah Delta’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. "One of the
best things you can do for your heart is to utilize cardiac rehabilitation,"
said Connie Chamberlain, Kaweah Delta Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic Manager.
A month after an initial cardiac event, patients can attend the structured,
supervised exercise and educational program two to three times a week
for four to 12 weeks. The program includes nutritional counseling and
support to implement healthy lifestyle changes.
Bob is thankful that he had great care, close to home. Kaweah Delta’s
nationally-recognized cardiac surgery and high-quality cardiac care teams
are close to home. Comforted knowing the dedicated heart team will be
there for him if he ever needs help again, Bob is on the road to recovery
following his heart episode. He is making more time to spend with his
loved ones, doing things he loves like watching his favorite movies. Thanks
to the cardiac teams at Kaweah Delta, Bob is living life to his heart’s content.