Patients share heart surgery successes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — February is Heart Month and a time to make people aware of the risks for heart disease.

On Thursday, the St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Center hosted The Beat Goes On community social at Our Lady of Mount Carmel hall near downtown Youngstown. Patients shared heart surgery success stories and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Lucas Henn shared new techniques in heart and vascular surgery.

Clyde Stratman, 75, of Salem, was one of the guest speakers.  He talked about his recent aortic valve replacement operation.

His surgeon used a minimally invasive technique that had Stratman home within a week.

“To do the same exact operation with a smaller incision I feel is better for the patient. It’s less pain, it’s less bleeding, it’s less ICU time, it’s less hospital time. And these are all trends for better outcomes,” Dr. Henn said.

Stratman told the crowd that because of family history, he was always at risk for heart trouble. He realized he had a problem last February after experiencing some of the warning signs, such as dizziness, shortness of breath and passing out.

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