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Ricardo's heart story


Dr. Thomas Matthew did my surgery. What a great guy he is. He knew what he was doing of course, but he was

Ricardo Carerra
Fort Morgan, Colo.

also friendly and made me feel comfortable. After my surgery, I thought to myself, 'How am I ever going to recover?' But the doctors and heart team at Medical Center of the Rockies encouraged me. They motivated me to get better.

"Today, I'm a lucky guy. I'm in good health; I've got great kids; wonderful grandchildren, one of whom was born just two weeks after my bypass; and I'm back to fishing again."

Ricardo's advice to others

  • Pay attention to early warning signs of heart disease.
  • If your body doesn't feel right, don't ignore it. Go see your doctor.
  • Get screened for heart disease.  

More about Ricardo

Ricardo spent his career at Cargill working his way up from the boning department in a meat packing warehouse to supervisor of the quality assurance department. After 38 years, he retired to enjoy his family and do a little fishing.

Walking up a hill at the North Sterling Reservoir one day, Ricardo noticed that he was out of breath and noticeably sweaty. He thought it odd for a man who was in relatively good shape, didn't smoke and wasn't a heavy drinker. Ricardo chalked it up to his age and carried on a normal life for the next three months.

During his annual physical, he told his doctor that he was sweating a lot at night and felt tired during the day. Ricardo was referred to Dr. William Sammond at University of Colorado Health Cardiology in Fort Morgan. Tests revealed the need for a quadruple bypass.







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