Hector Gonzalez, age 64 and retired from teaching Spanish at Mentor High School, considered himself relatively fit. But, while lifting weights one summer day in 2016, he passed out for a short time. His wife, Sandra, encouraged him to make an appointment with a cardiologist.
Hector’s care by cardiologist Paul Zellers, DO, showed normal EKG results, but his stress test showed some irregularities. With Hector’s family history of heart disease, Dr. Zellers recommended and performed a heart catheterization, which showed major blockages in three arteries. Hector needed triple bypass surgery.
Hector recovered well and participated in three months of cardiac rehab at West, where strong support and education helped him commit to healthy lifestyle changes.
Read more of Hector's story: issuu.com/lakehealth/docs/boh_fall_2018?e=0