Thanks to Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Weiner, Modern Medicine and Going to a Cardiac Hospital Like Delray Medical Center, I Have More Life Ahead of Me.
One day, I started feeling chest tightness and shortness of breath. I listened to my wife when she told me to call my cardiologist, Dr. Eric Lieberman. Because this happened right in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lieberman was able to schedule a telehealth visit with me. He asked me very specific questions and gave me options of what I needed to consider. Through that telehealth visit, Dr. Lieberman was able to determine I needed to undergo cardiac testing. He implored me to go and have a heart catheterization at Delray Medical Center during which a 90 percent blockage was found in my right artery.
At the time, I was obviously reluctant to go to the hospital but I was encouraged by the fact that I was in the cardiac area of the hospital nowhere near where the COVID patients were being hospitalized. I received great care and they were very thorough with the procedures. Before I entered the hospital, I was given a temperature check and had a mask and gloves on just like the people doing intake. I was received in the Cardiac Cath Lab by the nurses and had at least one nurse, sometimes two nurses, taking care of me in the Cardiac Cath Lab and recovery. It was excellent coverage.
I went into the hospital at 6 AM for my heart cath and just a few hours later they were finished. The hospital staff spent a tremendous amount of time to set-up protective protocols prior to my procedure. Everyone was wearing masks and had on protective garments. They really went to great lengths with my safety in mind. My heart procedure by Dr. Arthur Weiner was completed via a wrist catheterization as opposed to my groin or leg.
After recovery, I thought I’d have to stay in the hospital for observation overnight. Between Dr. Weiner and Dr. Lieberman, they decided it would be prudent for me to leave the hospital in the late afternoon the same day of my procedure. The fact that I was well enough to leave the hospital was a great testimony to my care.
Dr. Lieberman’s follow-up has been wonderful. He’s a great listener and he’s very succinct. Dr. Lieberman seems to hone-in on the most important aspects of how he sees cardiac care best implemented for reach individual patient. By the way, he’s not related to me even though we have the same last name. He has called me and followed up with me on different occasions to make sure I’m feeling well. We’ve had telehealth visits twice since my procedure, mainly to go over my post-operative care and medications. I have several friends who go to him and he’s very direct and treats all his patients with the utmost respect and care.
After my procedure and follow-up care with Dr. Lieberman I definitely feel a great difference in my health. My wife is also relieved. This was the third major surgical procedure I’ve had in a year’s time after a colon resection and thyroid cancer. Sometimes these things come in three’s. I’ve had my three things and I’m happy to get through this milestone at age 70 because my father only lived to 69. Thanks to Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Weiner, modern medicine and going to a cardiac hospital like Delray Medical Center, I have more life ahead of me.
I’m walking or playing golf every day and exercising as well. I seem to be more positive going forward now, knowing this is in the rearview mirror.