Bill's (Corbin) Cardiology Story
Blockage cleared during heart cath gives patient renewed health
A self-proclaimed child at heart, Bill is an avid photographer and feels like if something isn’t fun, why do it. He and his wife, Sherlaine, share three children and six grandchildren. Their son, Wesley, passed away from lymphoma a few years ago. Scott, their other son, lives in Florida with his family, and Catherine, their daughter, lives in Corbin and works at the cardiology clinic.
For the past several months, Bill had been having chest pains. One morning, he was at home and he started having a lot of pressure in his chest.
He called his daughter, Catherine, who works for Prem Subramaniyam, MD, at Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiology in Corbin. Bill explained his symptoms to his daughter. "You know, I don't know if I should come in or not. I really don't want to,” he said. “She said, ‘Get your you-know-what in here.’”
“In heart attack, time is always the essence. The faster you open up the blocked artery, the better the long-term outcome for the patient,” said Dr. Subramaniyam, known as Dr. Subra.
At his appointment, Dr. Subra told Bill that he wanted to do a heart cath in the morning to find out what was going on. The next morning, when Bill woke up from the heart cath, he hadn’t felt that good in years.
“Bill had a 95% blockage in the main artery and that's probably the reason why he wasn't feeling well. We were able to open up the artery with a balloon, and we put in one stent,” said Dr. Subra. “The artery looked great after that and he had more oxygen going into his heart muscle. There was no major surgery involved, and no major blood loss.
“We don't want to wait until people have a big heart attack for them to show up, because the risk of complications and challenges are even higher in those patients, especially if they have a family history. If they have other risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, they should have more awareness of the atypical or nonclassical symptoms.”
It's common for people to have the feeling that something isn’t right. It could be their only symptom. They feel like they don't have any energy, or they have chest pains or difficulty breathing, while doing what they used to do, routinely.”
“I think it’s very fortunate for Appalachia. We don't have a lot of things that other places have, [but] we do have real, high-quality healthcare,” said Bill.