Now that she’s survived a potentially life-threatening situation, Sharon Fadler Frankel is an advocate of heeding warning signs.
The 54-year-old Leawood resident experienced sporadic, mild chest discomfort for almost four weeks. “The episodes would last just a couple of minutes and then disappear,” says Sharon. “With no personal or family heart disease history and no prior symptoms a heart attack was the last thing on my mind.”
However, on Friday, April 3, 2009, Sharon experienced an alarm she couldn’t ignore at the end of her weekly Pilates class: a 10-minute episode that was a combination of chest tightness, pain and shortness of breath. Sharon called her internist, Marie Delcambre, MD, internal medicine. Dr. Delcambre’s prompt action ensured that Sharon would learn within five days of that appointment the left anterior descending (LAD) artery of her heart was 90 percent blocked.
“I had a nuclear stress test and an echocardiogram the morning of April 7. By the time I returned home at noon, Elizabeth Dang, MD, cardiologist had interpreted the results and called Dr. Delcambre and my husband, Scott, to tell them what she suspected,” says Sharon.
Sharon’s official diagnosis: coronary artery disease.
On April 8 at Menorah Medical Center Sharon underwent angioplasty and had a stent placed in her artery. “After multiple experiences with different hospitals during the past six years due to family members’ health issues, Menorah is by far the best facility I’ve encountered,” says Sharon. “Everyone, including Dr. Delcambre, Dr. Dang, nurses and staff in the cardiac and prep room were pleasant, knowledgeable and patient.”
Menorah’s progressive diagnostic cardiology services, including echocardiology and nuclear medicine, helped Sharon’s doctors quickly identify her symptoms. An accredited Chest Pain Center, Menorah offers advanced healthcare needs for heart patients like Sharon.
“It’s obvious when you go to Menorah that people enjoy their careers and can make the best decisions to handle situations to alleviate problems,” says Sharon. “That makes a tremendous difference for patients.”
Sharon and her husband Scott, a physician, appreciate Menorah’s culture in addition to excellent healthcare. “We will recommend Menorah to our extensive network of friends, family and business colleagues when they’re considering a hospital to use for any reason,” says Sharon.