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Hele mei hoohiwahiwa (come celebrate) with Standing O in offering thanks to Maimonides Medical Center. The healing institution is known far and wide for its cutting edge techniques and quality care and that is why heart patient Charles Foot traveled from half a world away in Hawaii to have the life-saving procedure in Brooklyn.

Once an avid tennis player, Foot found himself tired and constantly short-of-breath. He was suffering from atrial fibrillation, a condition that caused a rapid and irregular heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath and fatigue. So it was a no-brainer that he sought treatment at Maimonides when he learned that the minimally invasive convergent procedure, performed at Maimonides, saw a high rate of success and fewer complications for patients.

The happy patient said to his doctors just moments after coming out of recovery: “The procedure went well and I feel good. I can tell the difference already. I’ll be able to do some of the things I haven’t been able to do in years, and I can’t wait.”

But the convergent procedure is a minimally invasive process that unites two treatment methods. Dr. Israel Jacobowitz, Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, and Dr. Felix Yang, Associate Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, played vital roles in securing this procedure for their patient. When Foot’s insurance had not heard of the convergent procedure, the doctors wrote a 58 page report explaining its life-changing benefits, and shortly thereafter, Foot was on his way to Maimonides feeling “encouraged, and not scared at all.”

The Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center has a celebrated history of innovation and excellence, and is a nationally recognized Top Ten Hospital for heart attack and heart failure patient outcomes.

Maimonides Medical Center [4802 10th Ave. at 48th Street in Borough Park, (718) 283–6000]

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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