We were able to get a new patient appointment with Dr. Frutkin in about a week and a half. That was too long to wait, so we went to the Urgent Care, just in case. After many tests they said Ken had not had a heart attack, but they sent him to the Eisenhower Emergency Room.
After many more tests, the Emergency Room said Ken had not had a heart attack, but they wanted to keep him overnight in Observation. The next day Ken was released from the hospital with the recommendation he follow up with his Cardiologist. We called Dr. Frutkin and were able to change the appointment to the following Tuesday, that was February 19.
Dr. Frutkin said the above tests showed what we already knew -- Ken had a weak heart. He has two stents from 1999 and 2001. In 2004 we discovered that the artery below the first stent was 100% blocked but secondary veins had taken over. Doctors determined it would be best not to operate but to treat the problem with medication.
Dr. Frutkin ordered some additional tests and when Ken saw him again, he had a surprise for us! He said all of the test results along with Ken's complaints of exhaustion indicated he might be a candidate for a Defibrillator or Pacemaker!! That's the first we have heard that!! An appointment was made with Dr. Rubin, the Electrophysiologist in the same office who would make the final determination and perform the surgery.
After reviewing the test results and Dr. Frutkin's recommendations, Dr. Rubin scheduled Ken for Defibrillator surgery the next week, April 16 at Eisenhower Medical Center!!
Here is how the Defibrillator is connected to the heart. We call Ken The Bionic Man because he has had a hip replacement, knee replacement, and now this Defibrillator!!
SIDEBAR: Due to Ken's unexpected surgery, we have had to change our Schedule. Check it out.