Evelyn & Frank: From Signs of Heart Failure to Remarkable Recovery

Evelyn & Frank: From Signs of Heart Failure to Remarkable Recovery


On June the 17th, Father’s Day, I noticed
my right foot and ankle were swollen. I checked it out and she did have an edema
of the leg. And also her breathing was extremely harsh. I had pillows behind me trying to breathe. And I was gasping for breath all night long. So when we had an appointment here with Dr.
Ailawadi and we came in. He said admit her right away. It was a fastest admission I’ve ever seen
at any hospital. She went to ICU. She was actually in pretty bad shape. She didn’t look like she could even say a
full sentence without having to stop to catch her breath. We call that pretty advanced heart failure,
where people can’t breathe to do simple things. The additional complexity was that her heart
function had become weak and I think that was likely due to the valve leakage, but also
from atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heart rhythm. Your heart was going quite fast and the heart
pump gets weak when that happens. I don’t remember a lot of it, but when I did
start coming to, the ones that were taking care of me, they would help me in any way
that I needed help. And you don’t find that help everywhere. And I found everything here, the people cared
about me. Dr. Ailawadi is a great man. He’s a caring person. He’s one that, to me, if he can do something
to help you in any way, he’s going to do his best. And that’s what he did for me. And I know he’s done it for others. Just keep working, buddy. I’m doing my best.

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