Mary: I had been diagnosed with heart failure after two heart attacks. I was told bypass was not going to work for me. I did my own research to figure out how I could stay alive, and I found the Barostim therapy.
I was referred to Summa Health, and Dr. Kenneth Varian, the heart failure specialist. He said I would be a good candidate for the Barostim device, and Dr. McShannic would perform the surgery. The sensor device implanted in my chest then sends signals through wires connected to my carotid artery, up to my brain, to stimulate heart function, kidney function, and more.
I was the first patient at Summa Health to get the Barostim device, and I am absolutely delighted with it. I am feeling great and looking forward to living more.