Jim thought he was suffering from heartburn, but a visit to his family doctor and then cardiac specialists revealed he had two blockages in his coronary arteries that required intervention. Jim was worried that it would take months to recover from surgery, however, thanks to a minimally invasive procedure, Jim was home within two days of his surgery, and back to his peak performance in no time.
Helen knew, she would need surgery on her carotid artery, to decrease her chances of having another stroke. She learned Reading Hospital was the only hospital in the region to offer TCAR, a new minimally invasive procedure that offered much lower stroke risks during the procedure, a smaller incision and a faster recovery. After her procedure and after her quick and painless recovery, Helen found she had more energy and focus, as well as more clarity of mind.
Susie had always been a very active person, from golfing, to scuba diving, to searching for lost dogs for the Berks Dog Search Facebook page. So when a series of health issues threatened to put her permanently on blood thinners for her A-fib, she worried that she might have to slow down her lifestyle for good. Instead, Susie decided to have the new Watchman procedure, and hasn’t regretted it for a moment. The day after her procedure, Susie was back to chasing after lost dogs, without missing a beat.
Tony thought his stomach pain was indigestion, but when the pain got worse he called 9-1-1. Tony was experiencing a heart attack. Listen to Tony’s story to learn about his atypical heart attack symptoms and lifesaving care received at Reading Hospital.