ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It’s one of the most serious conditions, and a costly one for patients.
Heart failure happens when the heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to the body, leaving those who suffer feeling absolutely terrible.
“Well I did feel a bit tired, you know, fatigued when I did do things,” Lawrence Longo said.
Longo says he’s been through it all; the weight gain due to fluid retention, the shortness of breath, days when he said he felt like dying. He had a pacemaker installed, but it wasn’t helping.
So doctors recommended going to a new technology called Resonate – a combination of a pacemaker and defibrillator.
Dr. Khoo, a top-rated Albuquerque cardiologist, said Resonate doesn’t only pace the patient’s heart, protecting them from dying suddenly – it provides an important shock should they go into cardiac arrest. The device also eliminates costly emergency room and hospital visits by monitoring patients, remotely sending data and alerts to their provider at the same time.
“We can also detect problems a lot soon than before the patient even feels bad,” Khoo said.
It’s definitely had an impact on at least one patient. Longo said he’s never felt better.
“My heart feels like its pumping better. I do take my blood pressure, and my blood pressure has been down. In fact it was 98 over 83, which was good, so it’s been staying down below 115,” he said.
That device is now available at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center. It’s not cheap; before insurance, it’s about $30,000 for the device and monitoring and another $150,000 for the procedure itself.
But it can be life-saving, and doctors and patients say it does improve their quality of life.
Dr Khoo, I wanted to share a picture of myself and my brother, Art Hernandez who just this last Friday, August 11th, returned back home to Albuquerque, after a successful heart transplant on May, 27th in Denver, Colorado. Both Art & I met you about 6 years ago, during a very difficult and mysterious health crisis that was affecting the heart health of many of our family members. Under your care we were both able to survive a very life threatening genetic form of heart disease until we received our new hearts. This would not have been possible without you. Here we are today, healthy and strong survivors of two successful heart transplants in one family. I had my transplant 28 months ago, and am now living a very complete and fulfilling life. Thanks to your hard work, determination and dedication as an amazing physician, we are both here today to say
Albuquerque, NM – March 4, 2016 – Albuquerque Cardiologist, Dr. Michelle M. S. Khoo, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in cardiology with her award of “Best Doctor” in Cardiology by Albuquerque the Magazine.
My husband, Alfredo, began having heart problems back in 2009, at the age of 39, due to a rare genetic heart condition. At that time, we knew that many of my husband’s family members required pacemakers early in life, and many of them had strokes, or passed away prematurely from heart disease.