Duane loves fishing and hunting. Even at 85, he likes to be outside and stay active. But what Duane doesn’t like doing, is seeing a doctor. So, when he started having trouble breathing, it was his wife, Phyllis that convinced him to see a cardiologist.
“He just didn't have any air. Just kept complaining, "I just don't have air to do this, I don't have air to even walk to the road to get the mail. I just don't have any air." And so I said, "Well, we gotta call the cardiologist."
At Memorial, Duane was relieved to know he didn’t need open heart surgery. Instead, he was a candidate for a non-invasive TAVR procedure. The procedure replaced his transaortic heart valve without surgery and he was able to go home in no time.
“Everybody there couldn't have been nicer from the day he was in ICU til we got out. And they still are and he just went back not long ago for his yearly checkup and he did well.”
After the surgery, Duane also resisted the idea of cardio rehab therapy. Although his physician had referred him for therapy, Duane would cancel and claim he was just going to exercise from home. Again, it was his wife that convinced him he needed to attend physical therapy:
“So I said, "Duane, your doctor said you are going. So we are going to Koke Mill." So we did, and boy, he walked in there and he knew half the people in there, half of the other people doing exercises. So that was fun, meeting all of his old buddies. So we did that, and he stayed 30 visits.”
Now, Duane is more active than ever before. And he no longer suffers from shortness of breath. He continues to enjoy the things he loves, like fishing with his cousin and deer hunting with his son. And while he may still be hard to convince on some things, even Duane will agree that his experience at Memorial was worth the effort.
“At Memorial Medical Center, you couldn't ask for better care. The nurses, everybody, the doctors. The care was great.”