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H E A RT & VA S C U L A R NEWS Winter 2012 i n t e r n at i o n a l o r g a n i z at i o n a p p l a u d S u p S tat e ’ S CardiaC Care U pstate University Hospital received full accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers in December as an Accredited Chest Pain Center. The society is an international not-for-profit that is focused on helping hospitals improve quality, cost and patient satisfaction in cardiovascular care. Hospitals that are Accredited Chest Pain Centers have developed an expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Their staff emphasizes the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs for chest pain and heart attack. They also evaluate and treat other medical problems and promote healthy lifestyles that can reduce the risk factors for heart attack. Upstate is an accredited Chest Pain Center with “PCI,” percutaneous f r o m t h e Up s tat e H e a rt a n d Va s c u l a r C e n t e r , Up s tat e Un i v e r s i t y H o s p i ta l Small world: How a m a n f ro m u g a n da B e C a m e a pat i e n t at u p S tat e B eing a minister of a church in Uganda, Morris Bukenya believes in a God who helps people heal. He also realizes his good fortune to live in a world that can be so small. Bukenya, 54, wound up a patient at Upstate, 6,000 miles from home, because a daughter is friends with a cardiologist in Oswego. Bukenya recovered from heart surgery at the home of Dr. Moses Kyobe, a native of Uganda. Morris Bukenya chuckles with his surgeon, Charles Lutz MD during a follow up appointment. Bukenya was surprised to learn he had trouble with his heart, though in retrospect he says he shouldn’t have been. He sometimes would become dizzy for no apparent reason. Sometimes he would break into a sweat, even before doing something strenuous. He would awake some mornings feeling as if he hadn’t slept. “My wife sometimes would ask me ‘what’s wrong?’ and I would say ‘I feel so bad,’” Bukenya recalls. Taken individually, each symptom did not seem serious. Grouped together, they pointed toward heart attack. He sought medical care in Uganda and was diagnosed with high blood pressure. His condition worsened, with chest pains that came and went, so Bukenya’s daughter arranged for him to see Kyobe. The church took a collection to help defray his expenses. That was in the spring of 2010. Bukenya went home with medication. His condition grew worse and in September, he returned to the United States in September with his wife, Christine. continued on page 7 continued on page 5 Syracuse New York

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