Robert Uddin: Cardiac Catheterization & Open-Heart Surgery

"I had immediate confidence in the surgeons and the heart center, which I consider to be world-class. The doctors were very good about explaining things and answering our questions."

Robert Uddin is an electrical engineer who loves his job and is active with his professional engineering organizations. Having had successful open-heart surgery at Allegiance Health, he has more energy and stamina to meet the challenges of his work and travel schedule.

Before the surgery, “I was tired all the time,” Robert said. “When I started falling asleep after meals and couldn’t keep up with the grandchildren, I decided it was time see my doctor.” After receiving negative results from a stress test, Robert went to Allegiance Health for a cardiac catheterization—a test to identify any blockages that would impair blood flow to and from the heart. That test revealed 95 percent and 97 percent blockages in his arteries, and Robert was immediately admitted to the hospital. It was determined he was not a candidate for angioplasty, and would require open-heart surgery.

Allegiance Health cardiovascular surgeons Mahender Macha, MD, and Vincent Simonetti, MD, thoroughly explained Robert’s condition to him and his wife, Beverly.

“The surgeons and nursing team were always professional. Everyone was concerned and keeping an eye on me. I never felt alone. I couldn’t believe how soon I was feeling well enough to go home.”

Robert Uddin, Open-Heart surgery patient

“I had not been impressed with the hospital years ago, but this experience and an experience earlier in the year at the Gayle M. Jacob Cancer Center turned me around,” Robert said. “I had immediate confidence in the surgeons and the heart center, which I consider to be world-class. The doctors were very good about explaining things and answering our questions. We had time over the weekend to watch some provided bypass surgery videos, so we were well-prepared.”

Robert’s confidence grew during his four-day post-surgical stay at the heart center. “The surgeons and nursing team were always professional,” he recalled. “Everyone was concerned and keeping an eye on me. I never felt alone. I couldn’t believe how soon I was feeling well enough to go home.”

Robert began Allegiance Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program in late October and returned to work in mid-November.  “It’s great having a career I really enjoy, and it’s even better being healthy enough to do my job well,” he said. “I am grateful to the Allegiance heart center for getting me back to business and my family.”

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