Bruce Frisk didn’t realize how much his quality of life would improve until he visited UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown.
“I was in a lot of pain and not feeling quite right,” says Frisk. “I felt weak, short of breath and my limbs felt like Jell-O.”
Over the next few weeks, this pain would come and go for Bruce. “I was on my way to work one day when I got this terrible pain. I had to pull over because it felt almost like an elephant was sitting on my chest.” Bruce let the feeling pass then headed off to work. Over the following days this feeling would persist.
Finally when Bruce realized something was really wrong, he went to visit his primary care provider. While sitting in his provider’s office explaining his symptoms, Frisk had another episode. He was sent to the Emergency Room at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown for further examination and testing. After running a thorough exam and tests, ER doctors determined Bruce needed to see a Cardiologist. In the coming days Bruce was seen by Abbie Schaa, ARNP at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Cardiology.
“Abbie was just great! Kudos to her and her team because they were just terrific to work with.” says Bruce. Schaa scheduled additional testing that came back normal. But Abbie knew that something was wrong by the multiple episodes Bruce was having so she referred him onto her colleagues in Waterloo at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital. Upon Bruce’s arrival to the Cath Lab, he met with Dr. Kalyana Sundaram, Cardiologist, who would be preforming an exploratory procedure.
“Dr. Sundaram explained the procedure to me. He told me that they would be going in through the artery in my arm and if any issues were found they would take care of it right then,” said Frisk. And that is when they found it, an artery with a 95% blockage. Dr. Sharad Bajaj joined Dr. Sundaram for the intervention and placed a stent in the blocked artery.
“I’m so grateful to all of the doctors and nurses at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown and Waterloo,” explains Frisk. “They saw how miserable I was and wanted to help. Everyone I encountered was really great, they were all so helpful and friendly. I feel really good and so much better.”
After the procedure, Bruce participated in Cardiac Rehab at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown and is off to a healthy new beginning.
We invite you to learn more about our Cardiology services at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown and Waterloo. To learn more visit www.unitypoint.org.