Medical Minute: Stronger Hearts

Looking after granddaughters "Z" and "Miss Moochie" keeps 45-year-old Milton on his toes, but a failing heart robbed him of energy. Outings like this were more than he could handle.

Milton said, "Being home with kids is a job in itself."

Things became even more complicated when Milton's doctor told him he had suffered heart attacks he wasn't even aware of.

Milton said, "'But I'm young, you know, I'm 41 years old. I'm a young man,' and he says, 'It doesn't matter.'"

Doctors said there was only one more option.

“There's nothing else physically that I can do for you. If you don't get this, chances are I cannot tell you how long your lifespan is going to be.'"

It's called the optimizer. It looks like a pacemaker or defibrillator but works by delivering electrical energy, causing the heart to release more calcium, which builds up the muscle.

Mark Wathen, MD Cardiologist, said, "This is the only therapy and for the first time that has the ability to actually strengthen the myocyte, the heart cell beating."

Milton has only had the optimizer implanted for a month, but already has a lot more energy.

Milton said, "I was feeling like, you know, I didn't know if I was going to live tomorrow or not. It gives you a new lease on life itself."

And he hopes it will last long enough for him to watch his granddaughters grow up.

For more information:

John Howser
Nashville, TN
(615) 322-4747


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