My name is Tom Cassidy I will be checking in to the Mayo Clinic on Monday the 16th Rochester Minnesota. I am scheduled to have the septal myectomy on Friday morning at st. Mary’s Hospital performed by Dr hertzel schaff. I am 52 years old live and work in Delaware and have had complications my entire life. Been in and out of the hospital since my twenties, always running into a Doctor or Surgeon or somebody that said they could fix me. Over the years every other month your meds are changed your doctors are change but what never changed was the symptoms.Started out with always feeling out of shape . I played every sport imaginable through High School and entered the Marine Corps at 17 years old. Again I just kept working through it . Over the years it seemed to get worse and Turned into passing out. Over the last 20 years I’ve broken ribs ankle finger elbow all from passing out. Walking up steps, standing up taking two steps and passing out . So I got referred to John Hopkins 5 years ago that was the first time I was diagnosed with hypertrophic . After numerous tests of course they said surgery was not going to be option cuz I had too many other underlying problems with the valves. Next I was referred to a specialist at University of Penn . Last January I had the alcohol ablation done. Spent five days in intensive care where my heart stuff 3 different times. Needless to say the alcohol ablation didn’t work. So dr. Herman from University of Penn referred me to the Mayo Clinic to dr. Hartzell schaff and that’s where I’ll be next week. If you have questions about what I’ve been through what I’m going through or I’ll follow back up after recovery after I get out and let you know what it’s like. but stay informed always ask questions and when someone says to go get checked out go get checked out.
Delaware heading to Minnesota.
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