My CK Story: Marie Clarke, Electrophysiology Patient - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on September 19, 2016

My Crozer-Keystone Story: Marie Clarke, Electrophysiology Patient

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
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Marie Clarke with her husband, Bob.

Marie Clarke with her husband, Bob.

Marie Clarke, of Folsom, Pa. was diagnosed with a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart muscle. At the time of diagnosis, fluid around Marie’s heart was leaking in, causing shortness of breath.

“The event happened in October 2014,” Marie says. “I was unable to breathe. I went to the emergency room, where they did further testing. Once all the results came in, the cardiologist suggested that I have a pacemaker, also known as a defibrillator, implanted in case the incident occurred again.”

After Marie’s Emergency Department visit, she saw David Kleinman, M.D., Crozer-Keystone electrophysiologist and director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory, who implanted the defibrillator. She explains the excellent care she received from Crozer-Keystone Health System:

“I must say, from my very first phone call with Dr. Kleinman to my last appointment, it was all positive. From A to Z I couldn’t have had a better experience, not only with Dr. Kleinman but with everyone – including his assistants. They were all very understanding. As I asked questions about my condition and the procedure, Dr. Kleinman’s team answered my questions almost as if they were in my place. They spoke in such detail about everything. Everyone was beyond helpful.”

“It’s great to get positive feedback from Marie,” Dr. Kleinman says. “I’m proud to say that because of our incredible team at the Crozer electrophysiology lab, helping people like her is a daily and routine occurrence!”

Marie is happily married to her husband, Bob, with whom she has two adult children, Christopher and Colleen. Between her job as an executive assistant and her love of traveling, Marie doesn’t want to worry about a heart condition, and now she doesn’t have to. Thanks to Dr. Kleinman, Marie can now spend her time at ease knowing that her heart is functioning better than ever. She and Bob just returned from a vacation in Hawaii, and the couple looks forward to an upcoming trip to Alaska with a large group of their friends.

Crozer-Keystone is a longtime leader in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with cardiovascular disease. For more information about its cardiovascular programs, visit Call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) to find a cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon who’s right for you.

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