Dr. Oz: Emergency Heart Surgery
Dr. Oz talked on his show about a patient named Pam who underwent emergency heart surgery at Dr. Oz’s hospital, New York Presbyterian. Pam was 65 and had exhaustion, jaw pain, chest pain, and shoulder pain. These are the classic signs of heart disease and she finally put the reality together after her family forced her to confront it. Dr. Oz explained to the woman that she had damage to her heart and he had to do a surgery to bring new blood vessels to the areas that are blocked off.
Dr. Oz: Heart Graph Surgery
The woman had a heart attack before coming to the hospital. As a result, her heart function was not normal. On top of that, she was given a lot of medication to thin her blood. But because it was critical to fix her heart, Dr. Oz had to operate right then. They artificially kept her heart going. She had a lot of fat around the heart, so Dr. Oz had to pull it up.
But during the surgery, a clamp they’d put on the heart fell off, causing a leak. They replaced it and finished their graph to fix her heart. They waited to see if Pam’s heart would beat on its own. After a wait, it finally did start beating, but the heart wasn’t beating the way they wanted. As a result, they were forced to use medications to encourage it to keep beating. After a while, though, they were able to get the heart to beat on its own.
Dr. Oz: Visit the Doctor Regularly
Pam is now doing great. She made an incredible recovery and is at home and doing well. Dr. Oz said if people know a woman in their life that hasn’t been to the doctor in two years, it’s important to make them pinky promise to go. It’s very critical to see the doctor regularly, especially as you grow older.