Solving the Puzzle of Health

One woman’s story of struggle and recovery.

Jean Harbison hadn’t been feeling well and grew a bit puzzled about her health. At a visit with her primary care physician, she discussed with him some of the symptoms she was experiencing. Jean’s caregiver then referred her to Dr. Dai-Yuan Wang, a board-certified cardiologist at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System’s Cardiology Associates.

After completing a detailed interview and performing a series of tests on Jean, Dr. Wang quickly determined that her heart condition was serious. In fact, Jean’s cardiac arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat — was life-threatening. Wang knew treatment should be imminent, so he performed a surgical procedure in one of Saint Mary’s cardiac catheterization labs to install a dual-chamber pacemaker. The pacemaker would correct Jean’s heart rhythm, and help monitor and control her heartbeat.

“Throughout my heart procedure and treatment, the nurses at Saint Mary’s were great about keeping my friends and family informed of my progress,” Jean said. “Dr. Wang and the cath lab team were all very nice. I never had to ask for anything.”

Jean went on to complete several weeks of cardiac rehabilitation — which often involves physical activity, lifestyle and nutritional education, and support — and she continues to grow stronger every day. Today, Jean has returned to putting her heart into her favorite hobby — solving jigsaw puzzles.

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