Kaweah Delta Medical Center’s surgical team, in collaboration with
vascular surgeon Dr. Omar Araim, is keeping Annette McMasters, 77, of
Visalia, living an active life. Prior to seeing her doctor, Annette was
experiencing tightness in her stomach, which led to an ultrasound that
discovered she had a blockage in her carotid artery.
“It was determined Mrs. McMasters was lacking proper blood flow to
her brain. Blood flow in her carotid artery was totally blocked by plaque,”
said Dr. Araim, of South Valley Vascular Associate, who surgically removed
plaque from McMasters’ carotid artery.
Prior to surgery, Annette was surprised by the bedside manner of Dr. Araim
and appreciated his professionalism. “I was very well informed,
and Dr. Araim and his friendly staff took the time to answer all my questions,”
After surgery, Annette stayed in the hospital overnight and went home the
next day without any need of medication. “I was up on my feet and
back to church by Sunday,” Annette said.
“Carotid artery surgery will help Annette lower her chances of having
a stroke,” Dr. Araim said. Because she is allergic to cholesterol
lowering medications, known as statins, she must watch her cholesterol
closely to help prevent plaque buildup, blood clots, and other problems
that can develop over time.
Annette appreciates firsthand why Kaweah Delta, in partnership with the
physicians at South Valley Vascular Associates, are recipients of a five-star
award in carotid surgery by Healthgrades*.
“I recommend Dr. Araim to anyone. He will make the experience very
pleasant and easy,” Annette said.