Heart cath lessens worries for Greenville, Ohio, man
David Aukerman of Greenville, Ohio
David Aukerman of Greenville, Ohio, likes to work, and he likes to play golf. When some long-term, mysterious symptoms began to worsen a few weeks ago, he determined it was time to get to the root of the problem.
His main concern was with his heart, because
the symptoms included sensations in his arm and chest that he felt needed
investigation - especially after learning of a coworker with similar issues
winding up in open-heart surgery.
"Off and on I would get discomfort in the
upper left chest area, and at times it would radiate out into the arm. Two
months ago or so, my left arm would feel like ants were crawling on it -- not
numb, but not totally asleep. And it kind of ached. It would come and it would
go. Might act up and feel that way for an hour or so."
He also had issues at night with sensations
in his upper chest. Having known of a coworker who had to have emergency heart
surgery, he didn't want to take any chances. His experience included an initial
trip to an emergency room where he passed cardiovascular tests, a visit to his
family doctor and then a referral to Henry Chong, M.D., Bethel Cardiology. Dr.
Chong scheduled him for a heart catheterization to find out for certain what
was going on.
The test found some partial blockages, but
not enough to warrant more than treatment with medication. Aukerman was just
glad to get the symptoms figured out and allow him to continue his busy
schedule. Though he retired from management at Whirlpool in Greenville in 2009,
he works part-time at the Brethren Home and golfs on days he doesn't work.
"I didn't like retirement - I was bored to
death," he says. "You could say I'm a little bit of a workaholic." He grew up
on a farm, where he learned to appreciate hard work. He attributes his good
health at 75 with working hard from childhood. "I plowed ground when I was six
Aukerman says he appreciates the personal
care he received from his Reid Health team as well as the convenience of a
smaller town. "I feel just as confident with the knowledge and abilities at
Reid as I do any of the Dayton hospitals."
Dr. Chong says Aukerman was quite relieved
when learning what the heart cath found. "He was quite concerned that the
symptoms were due to his heart."
Now that Aukerman is feeling good about his
heart and with medicine getting rid of chest pains, he believes he may have a
pinched nerve to explain some of the continued symptoms. "I don't have the
chest pains anymore. And at least with the heart cath and everything, I got the
peace of mind of knowing what it's not," he says.