“I am a 74-year-old man who had four heart stents installed in February 2017. I then developed pulmonary hypertension (PH). Things got worse ,and I was on 10 liters of oxygen. I went to Akron General in Akron, Ohio, and then was sent to the Cleveland Clinic. Things were better, but I was diagnosed with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD).
“I went through a year of rehab on oxygen. Then doctors changed my medication and suggested a lung transplant. As I exercised, I felt better. I tried to keep doing more when exercising. I started some evaluations for the lung transplant. At my age, I decided to cancel my lung transplant evaluation. I joined a gym, and I exercise six days a week and walk 10,000 steps a day. My exercise takes about two hours a day. It includes treadmill, weights and walking.
“In March of this year, I was taken off oxygen, after two years on it. My heart is getting better along with my strength. I can even play some games with my grandkids. Thanks to all of my doctors at Akron General and the Cleveland Clinic and my wife, kids and friends, I got my life back, and it is a miracle.”