No Place like Home for Heart Care and Rehab
Bob had no idea his condition could be fatal. He had had two stents placed but his wife had noticed him having labored breathing. He had been quietly suffering some of the common symptoms of a heart attack.
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Bob had been quietly suffering some of the common symptoms of a heart attack. His cardiologist, Dr. Gary Brown, discovered Bob had a damaged aortic valve and referred him to John Miller, MD, a thoracic surgeon at Atrium Medical Center.
“It was unquestionable what he needed to have done,” said Dr. Miller. “His aortic valve needed to be replaced.”
Bob was thankful he could receive the care he so desperately needed close to home at Atrium Medical Center. He worried about his wife having to travel a far distance to be with him. Dr. Miller calls the small community atmosphere combined with the high-tech capabilities and top-line outcomes “the perfect set up.”
Bob had surgery Dec. 14, 2011. The surgery took four and a half hours. When Pam first saw her husband she felt prepared for what she saw thanks to Candace Kitchen, RN. She had informed Pam about the tubes and what her husband had been through. Candace believes if patients are given information about their procedure and the expectations, they will have less fear and anxiety.
Bob’s operation went well and about a month later he was beginning his cardiac rehabilitation at Atrium. Pam and Bob can’t say enough about the cardiac rehab program at Atrium. Bob continues to do well and go to rehab twice a week. Pam feels blessed a cardiac program like Atrium’s is close to her home.