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High-risk angioplasty – the key to saving William Witchel’s heart

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High-risk angioplasty – the key to saving William Witchel’s heart
Retired dentist Dr. William Witchel

​​​​​Retired dentist Dr. William Witchel, 85, says that his three heart arteries were almost completely blocked.

​Quick action and a complex procedure prove to be an alternative to open heart surgery

Retired dentist Dr. William Witchel wasn't feeling all that well less than a year ago.

"I was so tired that basically all I could do was get out of bed and lay down on the sofa," says Dr. Witchel, 85. After going to a local clinic, he was sent to a lung specialist who gave him an asthma puffer, but it didn't make him feel any better.

"I thought: At least I'm not having a heart attack," he says.

He discovered, about a month later, that he was wrong.

"It turned out that my three heart arteries were almost completely blocked," he says.