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Patient Story - Doris Orenstein

Doris Orenstein, a 78-year-old widow from Northeast Philadelphia, has always been very active. Up to this year, she had not seen a doctor in more than 20 years. She took no medications. And, as far as she knew, she never had a heart problem.

This spring, however, she noticed she couldn't walk as fast as usual. She also had to pause going up the steps in her home, which she shares with her son and daughter. For about a month, she thought it was only a cold that was slowing her down. But when she didn't get better, in mid-April her children took her to the Emergency Department at Jeanes Hospital—which is just a five-minute drive from her home.

There she was shocked when, after some tests, the doctors and nurses insisted on keeping her overnight. "If we send you home," she was told, "you're liable to have a massive heart attack."

That's because Doris had a bad aortic valve—which Robert S. Boova, MD, the hospital's chief of cardiovascular surgery and a Temple heart surgeon, soon replaced. "Dr. Boova, his nurse practitioner, Jacqueline Redman, and my nurses were all very nice and they treated me very well," she says.

Despite her surgery, she had almost no pain. "I was able to get up right after the operation and had no problems," she adds.

Now Doris is back to her old, active self. She walks around her neighborhood and walks to a nearby home to visit with elderly residents. "I feel really good," she reports.

Thinking back on her experience at Jeanes Hospital, she says, "I owe my life to Dr. Boova."

To schedule an appointment with a heart and vascular surgeon at Jeanes, click here or call 215-728-CARE (2273).

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