Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
It was early summer when Kathleen Manor, 72, of Potsdam, N.Y. started noticing worsening pain in her chest, arms and legs. She suffered painful leg cramps and needed a wheelchair to travel any significant distance. And she relied on powerful pain-killers to relieve her chest pain.
Kathleen's doctor referred her to Fletcher Allen Health Care, where Harold Dauerman, M.D., Fletcher Allen cardiologist and director of the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratories, recommended she receive treatment as soon as possible.
Kathleen had severe peripheral arterial disease and coronary artery disease - conditions where fatty deposits build up in the inner linings of the arteries, reducing blood flow to the limbs and the heart muscle. The disease can lead to heart attack and stroke.
In Kathleen's case, her blockages were so severe that she was at high-risk for a life-threatening cardiac condition. She also was at risk for worsening debilitation from blockages in the arteries of her legs.
Dr. Dauerman performed cardiac and peripheral vascular catheterization procedures simultaneously to open Kathleen's blocked arteries. He inserted a total of 10 stents -- tiny wire mesh devices - in both her leg arteries and multiple coronary arteries to allow blood to flow properly. Immediately after the procedure, Kathleen was able to walk normally. Her leg cramps and chest pain were gone.
The Manors are thankful for the treatment Kathleen received - and grateful for the strong tradition of excellent, experienced, state-of-the-art heart care at Vermont's academic medical center.
"We feel fortunate to have that kind of a hospital within our area," Larry said. It's a lifesaver."
Today, Kathleen is able to enjoy spending time with her eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She and Larry also enjoy visiting the Plattsburgh homestead and farm that's been in the Manor family for generations.
"I feel a lot better," she said. "It's like a miracle."