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Seventy-five-year-old Arthur “Mickey” Kaitangian's first concern upon waking from open heart surgery at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital was whether the fix for his leaky heart valve would require blood thinning medications.
When Robert Oberg got the news more than a decade ago that he had a bulging aorta that was likely to burst, he decided to take his chances that it wouldn’t.
A year and a skilled surgical team in a leading-edge hospital close to home can make all the difference.
Jose Zabalza, a 53-year-old father of three had been prepared to die this year as his heart began to give out and it became increasingly difficult just to walk across his living room. But new technology is giving him a second chance, and letting the Fresno man make tentative plans to camp again with his three children and spouse.
California Heart Medical Associates (CHMA) pledged $100,000 last month to Community Medical Centers, targeting half for the Clovis Community Medical Center expansion and half for cardiovascular services at Community Regional Medical Center.
Daryle Lamonica, quarterback for the Oakland Raiders during the late 60s and early 70s, knows the value of a great team. And he’s grateful for the top-notch team at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital who took care of him when he had quadruple heart bypass surgery in mid-May.
A man with a multitude of heart and vascular problems undergoes an angiogram in the catheterization lab.
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Tim Volk, a 51-year-old ex-Marine and nuclear engineer, was facing the prospect of a risky third open heart surgery after blockages were again found in arteries leading to his heart. But cardiologist Bipin Joshi offered him another choice with a new technology – the “Impella” or world’s smallest heart pump.
When he got sick, Marty Nunes didn’t expect anything more than the flu. When his wife Kimberly decorated the tree, she didn’t expect to celebrate Christmas in March. Their 7-year-old son Matthew didn’t expect a daily visit to the hospital to be part of his after-school routine. And the entire Nunes family didn’t expect to spend almost three months praying for a miracle – but they did.
Rosalie Wyckoff, 54, is exhilarated to be able to walk more than a mile every day now. Just a year ago she couldn’t even walk half a block without feeling extremely fatigued.