My cardiac story
By Curtis Sowell
In September of 2019, I went to the doctor because of pain in my calves after any type of exertion. I was sent to a vascular surgeon and was told I had some plaque build up in my legs. In a follow up appointment with family doctor Susan Reynolds she suggested that I get my heart checked too for plaque. My wife also wanted me to see her heart doctor, Mark Stellingworth because she said she noticed I would be breathing hard sometimes.
An angiogram revealed I had four blocked arteries, one of more than 90 percent. Initially stints were going to be placed but the cardiac surgeon at Prisma in Columbia didnt’ want to perform my surgery with non-blood procedures. I went to Philadelphia and had quadruple bypass surgery on November 12, 2019, at the Abington-Jefferson Hospital. Dr. Stellingworth said he would be happy to follow up any cardia care when I returned to South Carolina.
If it wasn’t for my caring wife and very alert doctors the outcome would have eventually been very different. For so many their first sign of heart trouble is a heart attack. So listening to. your family and your doctor can literally save your life. I am currently doing my cardiac rehab with the pleasant staff at Carolina Pines.