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George Scott: New Hope for a Failing Heart

Sixty-two-year-old George Scott of Springfield is only one of 5 million people in the United States who suffer from congestive heart failure (CHF). But he thinks he may be the luckiest one of all. Last March, George was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Springfield after he collapsed in his real estate appraisal office. There, his longtime family doctor told him he was “in trouble.”

“Things weren’t looking good,” George recalls. “But then my good luck kicked in.”

George happened to be at Mercy the same day as Dr. Abdul Wase, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at GSH, was there. Called in to consult, Dr. Wase recommended that George come to GSH for cardiac resynchronization (CR) therapy. This revolutionary procedure helps a failing heart like George’s pump blood more efficiently.

Accompanied by his wife Helen, George made the short trip to GSH, where Dr. Wase performed CR in the hospital’s Electrophysiology Lab. During the procedure, George told Dr. Wase that he was already breathing easier. Two days later, he was back in his office, where he and Helen work together.

“A year ago,” George says, “I couldn’t even climb a flight of stairs without sitting down to catch my breath. Now,” he smiles, “I can even enjoy taking a walk—at my own pace.”