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A Weight Off My Mind

Art Carter had always been healthy, athletic, strong and in charge — as a teacher, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and as a father. Now Art was told he needed bypass surgery. Surprisingly, he found he was reluctant to undergo surgery. Until his family weighed in.

During a routine checkup, Art Carter’s physician, Dr. John Kelly, noticed an irregular heartbeat. A follow-up EKG revealed a blockage in his arteries. An angiogram, performed by Dr. Dennis Friedman at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, revealed the situation was worse than anyone imagined. At the very least, Art needed a quadruple bypass — and soon.

“I was amazed,” Art said. “I felt fine. I said I’d have to think about it. I just couldn’t imagine surgery; I wanted to put it off .”

That’s when his family decided Art needed a little strong-arming. “My wife Annette staged an ‘intervention’,” he recalls. “She arranged for two of our children to give me a reality check.” Art’s daughter, Alaina, made the ultimate argument. “She said she wanted me to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. It was just a few months away.”

The next Monday morning, Art scheduled a consultation with Dr. Thomas Militano. In surgery at our sister hospital Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, Dr. Militano not only performed a quadruple bypass, he addressed additional arteries as well. Arthur walked his daughter down the aisle two months later.

Art is still working out religiously three times a week at the Shady Grove Adventist Cardiac Rehab gym. “I’m a testament to being in the hands of truly excellent doctors and staff, every step of the way — the surgeons, the physicians, the rehabilitation staff and my fellow rehabbers. It’s like an extended family; and ‘family’ carries a lot of weight with me.”

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