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Vascular Center Saves Patient’s Leg

ORANGE CITY, Fla., December 6, 2013 – Roughly 80 times a minute, the human heart pumps a gallon of blood through its 100,000 thousand miles of veins, arteries and capillaries. This delivery network – called the vascular system – is responsible for making us blush when we are embarrassed and for keeping our toes warm on a cold winter night. The vascular system usually performs its function without incident; however, when illness or injuries impede that flow of blood, the effects can be life-threatening.

When Barbara Kiminecz, 75, of Enterprise, needed to have stents inserted into her arteries to improve circulation, she had the procedure done at an Orlando hospital, but chose the Vascular Center at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial for her rehabilitation.

The Vascular Center team discovered that she was not progressing as she should and urged her to consult with her cardiologist to determine the cause of her continued, constant pain.

“I got the sense they felt it wasn’t right, and they needed to make it right,” said Kiminecz of the team at the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Vascular Center. “It hurt so bad that I couldn’t walk.”

After reviewing Barbara’s case notes, therapists at the Vascular Center discovered that her Orlando physician had dissected her iliac artery, which is one of the body’s large arteries responsible for supplying blood to the pelvis and legs.

Experts at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Vascular Center said this is an extremely uncommon complication of a cardiac catheterization, and if left undetected or untreated, the dissected artery could have resulted in the loss of Kiminecz’s leg. The dissected iliac artery had to be repaired immediately, and Kiminecz chose interventional cardiologist Janak Bhavsar, MD, to repair her iliac artery at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.

When she awoke from the procedure, she said she had no pain when she got out of bed to stand up.

While Kiminecz’s case was unusual, the collaborative approach used by the skilled clinicians at the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Vascular Center is not.

“Our approach is comprehensive,” said Debra Allison, Director of the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Vascular Center. “Our mission is to provide collaborative care that saves legs, changes lives and benefits the community that we serve.”

Kiminecz credits the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Vascular Center for helping her get back to her thrice-weekly golf game. “I was able to start rehab right away and I’ve never had another pain,” she said. “They saved my leg from amputation and possibly saved my life.”

About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.

Photo Caption:
Enterprise resident Barbara Kiminecz, 75, hits the golf course at Victoria Hills Golf Course in DeLand. Kiminecz had her iliac artery repaired at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and credits the hospital’s Vascular Center with helping her get back to her thrice-weekly golf game. “They saved my leg from amputation and possibly saved my life,” Kiminecz said.