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Heart Surgery May Mend Broken Heart

On Valentine's Day, Ed Craddock thinks about the remarkable and rare heart surgery that may help mend his broken heart.

Craddock, 60, has hopes of living the rest of his life as an active man after his surgery.

He had a history of heart conditions. He's had bypass surgery, a pacemaker implanted and recently was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He could not walk from his truck to his garage without being winded.

His heart condition hopefully won't slow him down any more after a procedure called cardiac resynchronization therapy, performed by Baptist Hospital Cardiologist George Crossley.

"It's not something that is applicable to everybody with heart failure.  It only helps people who have heart failure where their heart doesn't pump well and also have a heart beat that beats in an uncoordinated fashion," Crossley said.

According to Crossley, both walls of a normal heart contract at the same time, but a heart with congestive failure dilates and contracts in an uncoordinated fashion.

"It makes him short of breath...very fatigued and makes him have a lousy quality of life," he said.

During surgery a defibrillator that also acts as a pacemaker will be placed in Craddock's chest.

Overall, seven out of 10 patients with this procedure will notice an improvement and quickly.

"I'm kind of nervous but I'm ready for it because I want it to work," Craddock said.

He has big plans for his future. He wants to watch his daughter Shelby grow up, and she wants the same thing.

"I have never in my life ever went to the hospital for anything.  If I hurt I just kept going. But now I've changed my mind. I want to be better.  Since she's come along I'm gonna do whatever it takes," Craddock said.

Craddock recently had the procedure, and has been recovering for about two weeks. 

NewsChannel 5 will explore the results of his surgery Thursday night on NewsChannel 5 at 6:00.

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