All I did was sleep. Most days I didn’t even have the energy to get out of bed. In February 2000 at the age of 42, I had a massive heart attack. It was my third heart attack in one year. I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and my life expectancy was probably five years. My wife and I moved back to the Atlanta area to be near family.
About four years, after receiving the ICD, I was feeling more fatigue and my heart was functioning at 17%. My cardiologist referred me to Drs. Raval and Prater in Atlanta. Dr. Raval was a transplant specialist, who talked to me about going on the transplant list. He also introduced me to a new experimental study that was out with the OPTIMIZER device. He said the study included 50 patients in the United States and he explained that the OPTIMIZER is an implantable device intended to strengthen the contraction of my heartbeat. My wife and I discussed it overnight and I told my doctor I had nothing to lose and sign me up for the study. In November 2005, I was implanted with the OPTIMIZER device by Dr. Prater.
A month before receiving the OPTIMIZER implant, my family adopted my then 2 year old grandson. He just turned 13 in October and started the 7th grade. I hope to see him graduate college. I’m so thankful to Impulse Dynamics for giving me the opportunity to be in this study. I pray every day that I live to see my grandson grown and then I’ll know why God spared me these extra years.
I now do pretty much anything men my age enjoy doing, and owe all of this to my OPTIMIZER device. If not for the OPTIMIZER, I’m sure I would not be here today.
Thanks so much to everyone associated with the OPTIMIZER.