Thursday, February 21, 2013
INTEGRIS Advanced Cardiac Care Hopes to Save Lives by Raising Awareness
Educational Heart Failure Event Planned
OKLAHOMA CITY – INTEGRIS Advanced Cardiac Care is Oklahoma’s only ventricular assist device program. Since its conception in 2008, 192 people from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas have been implanted with the life-saving devices.
Here is one of their stories …
Mac and Catherine Robinson were high-school sweethearts in Marland, Okla., until life took them in different directions. As fate would have it, they were reunited years later and eventually married in 1981. The two have enjoyed more than 30 years of wedded bliss.
Ten years ago, Mac began experiencing recurrent upper respiratory infections. There was fluid on his heart and lungs to the point that he couldn’t breathe. It was discovered that his heart was failing. Doctors were able to manage his symptoms with medicine for about seven years. Then he was told he would need more to survive.
Transplantation was discussed, but at 70 years old there would be added risk even if a donor heart were to become available. Catherine feared she was going to lose the love of her life.
Once referred to the Advanced Cardiac Care program at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center they learned that transplantation is not the only option available to those suffering from severe heart failure. In some cases, the HeartMate II left ventricular assist system, known as an LVAD, is a more suitable choice.
Mac received his device on Jan. 21, 2010. His relief from the symptoms of heart failure was almost immediate and today, the Robinsons feel they have been given three additional years together – and they look forward to many more. Unfortunately, the general public and many in the medical community are not aware of the LVAD or its capabilities. This lack of knowledge can lead to needless suffering and loss.
“We are just so thankful that our doctors knew this technology even existed and referred us to INTEGRIS,” says Catherine Robinson. “If they hadn’t, I don’t think Mac would be with me today.”
The Advanced Cardiac Care program at INTEGRIS Baptist is spearheading an awareness campaign to educate current heart failure patients in the Oklahoma City area about left ventricle assist devices. The goal of the campaign is to increase knowledge among heart failure patients and Oklahoma physicians about this life-saving technology, in hopes that more people like Mac can be saved.
A special heart failure management education event is scheduled for March. The event is free and open to the public.
DATE: March 9
TIME: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center / Cafeteria Atrium
3300 NW Expressway / Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Heart failure patients and caregivers will receive valuable information on a variety of treatment options, to include the HeartMate II left ventricular assist system. They will also hear from actual HeartMate II patients and their caregivers about their personal experiences.
To register, call 951-2277. To learn more about INTEGRIS Advanced Cardiac Care, visit integrisok.com/acc.