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Published on December 17, 2011

Denise Wooten & Atrial Fibrillation (Maze) Surgery

Denise Wooten
Patient: Denise Wooten, Landover Hills, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Service: Atrial Fibrillation (Maze) Surgery

Doctor: Paul Massimiano, MD

Having managed congestive heart failure and heart valve disease with medication for more than a decade, 45-year-old Denise Wooten of Landover Hills had a life-changing event persuade her it was time to consider heart surgery.

“My brother passed away from congestive heart failure,” Wooten says. “I saw a photo of him in the hospital the day before he passed and he didn’t even look like himself. It broke my heart, and I told myself I couldn’t let that be me. It was a turning point.”

Sridhar Chatrathi, M.D., interventional cardiologist at Washington Adventist Hospital, has been seeing Wooten for the past 12 years. “We talked about surgery several years ago, but Denise wasn’t ready,” Dr. Chatrathi says. “We continued treating her conditions with medication, but more recently, after running some tests, I told her now was the time to seriously consider surgery. She agreed.”

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