Living with Symptoms of CHF

Before his heart attack, Dean Tackett was in charge of a very busy radiology department at a community hospital in central Ohio. Dean’s days started early, and often lasted well beyond the traditional nine to five. “I was always someone used to a busy, active life,” he said. “I worked for forty-one years in the medical field, and I knew that after my serious heart attack, my options were limited.”

Dean had the Parachute implanted when medication and other therapies did not relieve his extreme fatigue. “When I got up in the morning I needed to lie down to rest after something as simple as shaving, brushing my teeth, or eating breakfast,’ Dean recalled. After the PARACHUTE procedure he noticed a difference within a few weeks, “Now, when I wake up in the morning, I can shower and shave and eat breakfast without stopping to rest in between.”

Dr. Ernest L. Mazzaferri Jr., Dean’s physican, noted, ” The majority of these patients have congestive heart failure symptoms from a history of a prior heart attack on the front side of their heart, and they have very intense limitations of their lifestyle.” Dr. Mazzaferi explained to Dean that the bottom part of his heart was no longer pumping, and implanting the Parachute device would reshape this area of his heart, effectively excluding the damaged portion.

All of the patients treated by Dr. Mazzaferri with the Parachute device left the hospital the following day. He recalled Dean’s procedure very vividly, “Dean Tackett’s wife probably gave us the most interesting insight right after the procedure, as he wheeled into the room. She welled up with tears in her eyes, and said she hasn’t seen that kind of color in Dean in a long time.”

Dean Tackett experienced a significant change after treating his heart disease, “The greatest thing about it was that I could do more. Being retired, I was in no hurry to do anything, but I could do a lot more. I could do things. I could walk further. I could do and accomplish more at one time without having to sit down and rest.”