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Heart procedure leads to worry-free winter in the sun
Tofsrud’s angiogram revealed a major artery in front of his heart had a 95 percent blockage. “There was a good chance of opening the vessel by performing an angioplasty and inserting a stent,” said Dr. Reddy, Sanford Health cardiologist. “The location of the blockage made doing another procedure very challenging.”
“I asked the good Lord to work through Dr. Reddy and his staff, and the procedure was a success,” Tofsrud said. “When you consider all my prior heart surgeries and procedures, it was a feather in his cap that he was able to do this.”
The procedure was Tofsrud’s ticket to his winter getaway.
“Our intent was to increase blood flow to the heart, and the procedure went as planned,” Dr. Reddy said. “He now is doing well.”
After the procedure, Tofsrud could walk farther without having to stop to rest.
“I’m able to do more than I could before the procedure, and my quality of life has definitely improved,” he said. “Knowing Dr. Reddy was able to do what was necessary to help me has been a great comfort.”
Spending the winter in Arizona also contributed to his recovery.
“I was able to walk several times a week without worrying about falling because of snow or ice,” he said. “I don’t like treadmills, and the nearest fitness center is 25 miles from my farm. If I had stayed the winter in North Dakota, I wouldn’t have been able to get regular exercise by walking and doing things outdoors.
His gratitude comes straight from the heart.
“I can’t say enough positives about Dr. Reddy and his staff, including Wanda Knudson, his physician assistant,” he said. “The bottom line is they performed a risky procedure with great success, and for that, I’m very thankful.”
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