Other than needing a hernia repaired, Jerry Little was feeling just fine.
Ready to fix his only known health issue, he made an appointment with
a general surgeon hoping to be cleared for surgery. However, an abnormal
electrocardiogram (EKG) alerted doctors to a potential heart issue and
sent Jerry to board-certified cardiologist Dr. Ashkan Attaran for further testing.
Soon, Dr. Attaran would discover Jerry’s health issues were gravely
more serious than a hernia. A major blockage in his left anterior descending
artery, less affectionately known as the “widow maker”, meant
Jerry was on the verge of suffering a heart attack. A stent was placed
to remove the blockage but just one year later, additional blockages would
be found and Jerry would need Triple Bypass Heart Surgery to save his life.
“I was scared but can’t say enough good things about the doctors
and nurses who cared for me,” expressed Jerry. “Life is so
short and I have a whole new perspective on life.” Thanks to the
nationally recognized cardiac team at Kaweah Delta, less than a year after
Triple Bypass Heart Surgery, Jerry is thriving and thankful he gets to
blow out another year of birthday candles.