Father of Three Changes Lifestyle After Suffering a Heart Attack | Kaiser Permanente

Father of Three Changes Lifestyle After Suffering a Heart Attack | Kaiser Permanente


>>Isaac Plasencio, Kaiser Pemanente
Member:
– Just wasn’t breathing right, and like I said, my arm went
numb, my left arm went numb and just kind of freaked me
out, I’ve always heard, when your arm goes numb,
something could be happening. It scared me. So I figured I better get to the hospital and see what’s going on here.>>DeeAnn Rivera, MD, Department
of Cardiology:
– Isaac came in to the emergency
room at Good Samaritan, which is our partner hospital,
and he explained his story. The lab tests later confirmed that indeed, he had a heart attack,
albeit a warning shot.>>Isaac Plasencio, Kaiser Pemanente
Member:
– They rushed me in and
started giving me nitrous, said, “Tomorrow morning,
we’re going to have surgery”.>>DeeAnn Rivera, MD, Department
of Cardiology:
– We took him to our
heart catheterization lab, where we found he had a major blockage in one of his arteries, and
we were able to place a stent, which acts as a little metal scaffolding to help brace that artery open. He did very well with that
and was able to go home within a couple of days.>>Isaac Plasencio, Kaiser Pemanente
Member:
– It was a shock. I just kept thinking about my life and what I’ve got to do to change it. Being Hispanic, it’s hard to eat right. We were brought up eating
fatty foods all the time, and to go from eating beans
and potatoes, fried potatoes, to eating boiled chicken
and egg whites and stuff, it’s just so hard, but I’m
trying to do the right thing.>>DeeAnn Rivera, MD, Department
of Cardiology:
– Hispanics have a higher
incidence of having diabetes, with diabetes being a
very strong risk factor for development of
coronary artery disease. I believe that’s where
the higher risk comes in. We wanted to make sure that he had very good control of his diabetes. Part of that is medications,
but part of that is, what’s really important,
is to do diet and exercise. So what my hope is, is
that’ll lead to better control of his diabetes and his cholesterol over the next several years, that will hopefully
stave off another event.>>Isaac Plasencio’s daughter:
– So, it means the world
to me that you’re here, and that you’re doing better and you’re taking care of yourself.>>Isaac Plasencio, Kaiser Pemanente
Member:
– I take my daughter to
the gym every day with me, so we’re working out
more, me and my daughter, she’s a pre-diabetic. I just want her to change,
live a better life, and exercise and all that. If you feel something
isn’t right in your body, you need to get checked out. Don’t think you’re too cool to do it. Luckily I went to the hospital, so I was in the right
place, at the right time. It’s great, Kaiser’s
been super great for us, for my whole family.