HealthWatch: Triple bypass surgery

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Green Bay (WFRV) More than 600-thousand people die of heart disease in the United States every year- that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. That is why it’s important to know the signs of heart disease before an attack strikes. 
 
For decades, Patrick Saladin has been passionate about running, “5K 10K’s, I’ve done one marathon, lots of half marathons,” said Patrick Saladin, heart bypass surgery patient.
 
In April, the 61-year-old noticed something was wrong, “I was having chest pains, it almost felt like muscle aches, I guess you could call it,” explained Patrick.
 
So Patrick went to his doctor, “We scheduled a stress test and stress tests showed something wrong,” said Patrick.
 
Patrick had heart disease and needed stents, “He was having irregular activity, electrical irregular activity that could be dangerous,” explained Alexander Roitstein, cardiothoracic surgeon, Aurora BayCare Medical Center. 
 
But when they doctor went in, he found a larger problem- blocked arteries. That’s when cardiothoracic surgeon  Alexander Roitstein at Aurora BayCare Medical Center was called in, “You have plumbing-narrowings in the heart and blood is not getting efficiently to where it needs to be and ultimately it can cause damage where the areas stop getting blood,” explained Dr. Roitstein.
 
Patrick was scared “I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to run anymore.”
 
Four days later patrick had triple bypass surgery, “In order to correct that, you need to bring new sources of blood to the heart.  You take some veins out of the legs, arteries from the chest, and you reroute the blood that way,” explained Dr. Roitstein.
 
And although Patrick took good care of himself, his family does have a history of heart disease, “Genetics have a huge role. he’s a runner, unfortunately, you can’t outrun your genetic profile,” explained Dr. Roitstein.
 
After surgery it was a struggle for Patrick to even walk to the nurses station. But he persisted. And now “Three months after surgery I was able to run the whole 5K” Patrick said Happily.
 
And he’s looking forward to his future, “Just being active, being with my family and enjoying life” said Patrick.
 
Three key risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
 
Some of the signs include shortness of breath- pain in the chest, neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back. If you have any of these do not ignore them~ see your doctor.
 
To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com. 
 

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