Triple - Bypass Open Heart Surgery
Like most men, Michael Ramirez is not one to cry. But on that day last
September when the doctor delivered the news, there were definitely tears
in his eyes.
Ramirez, 49, had heart disease. His only chance at survival was triple-bypass
open-heart surgery. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh. I don’t
know if I can take that,’” Ramirez said. “You think
about your family, how they are going to react and, if you don’t
make it, where this is going to leave them. It’s almost too hard
to accept at one time.”
Ramirez didn’t have much time to accept that he would undergo open-heart
surgery at Kaweah Delta Medical Center to reduce three blocked arteries
- blockages of 98 percent, 89 percent and 79 percent. With those hard
family and friend conversations behind him, the Visalia man was wheeled
into open-heart surgery on Oct. 10, leaving his heart in the hands of
Dr. Leheb Araim.
“I had heard that Kaweah Delta was a good place to be. They had new
doctors, new staff and they knew how to take care of you. I felt that
as soon as I walked in,” Ramirez said. “Through it all, Dr.
Araim sincerely cared. When he told me he would be there, he was. He made
me feel at home - like he was my brother.”
Dr. Leheb Araim is one of two experienced and talented cardiothoracic surgeons
leading cardiac services at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Named Kaweah
Delta Physician of the Year in 2010, Dr. Araim leads Kaweah Delta’s
cardiac program along with Sergio Caminha, M.D., a former Mayo Clinical
Associate who has served Kaweah Delta for the past 12 years. Under new
leadership, cardiac patients at Kaweah Delta are experiencing higher-quality
outcomes with decreased complications such as renal failure and re-operation rates.