A Family History of Heart Disease
Gerry’s grandfather and father both died of a heart attack in their sixties. Gerry had a heart attack at the same age, and despite getting more advanced treatment, his heart began to fail.
Gerry’s quality of life was declining and he was struggling with his daily activities as a history teacher. “I realized it when I took my students to the beach and couldn’t walk through the sand, or when I couldn’t finish a round of golf. It just slowly got worse and worse. I knew I was headed in the same direction as my father and grandfather.”
His doctors in central New Jersey tried changing his medications and increasing the doses, but Gerry’s condition continued to deteriorate. He was in end stage heart failure. He was running out of options until his doctor recommended that he be evaluated for a heart transplant. Gerry chose Temple.
Time with Family Restored
“I was at the point where I couldn’t live like that. I was willing to do anything to get my life back and when they suggested the transplant, I had a tremendous sense of hope.”
Temple’s cardiology team found that Gerry’s heart disease was even more advanced than he had realized. They provided a personalized treatment program that helped stabilize his condition and get him ready for the heart transplant that he needed to save his life. He underwent the transplant with just weeks to live.