Open Heart Surgery
"Life is a collection of moments that fill the heart."
Kaweah Delta's comprehensive cardiac services are close to home, nationally
recognized and saving lives.
Had it not been for the team at Kaweah Delta, Connie Pinedo, 51, might
not have been alive the last two years. She would have missed hearing
her granddaughter call her “nana” for the first time, watching
her sons excel in their careers and renewing her vows to her husband Daniel.
After months of seeking help for chest pain, extreme fatigue, light headedness,
dizziness and nausea – and not getting answers, Connie went to Kaweah
Delta Medical Center. On Dec. 23, 2014, she was diagnosed with coronary
artery disease and underwent triple bypass surgery to get blood properly
flowing to her heart. A few days later, Electrocardiologist Suk Bhajal,
M.D., and Cardiac Surgeon Leheb Araim, M.D., performed surgery; a week
later Connie was home.
“I’m like a miracle walking and it’s all thanks to the
doctors and the cardiac team. They are the ones that got my heart working
again,” Connie said.
Two years later, Connie’s heart is still going strong and she’s
looking forward to the future. “Kaweah Delta gave me a second chance
to see what my future holds.”
- Connie Pinedo