Not much slows down Stanley Blumenfeld. His career as a lawyer for the United States took him around the world: from New York to Japan, France, Italy and San Francisco. After he retired from the government in 1976, he went into real estate. At 95, he is still working, still going to the gym, and “still very much in love with my wife Jeannine,” he says.
Dr. Lin made a very strong impression on me.
So when Blumenfeld needed a knee replacement at the age of 93, he was fully prepared to go ahead with the procedure. Hold on, said his primary care doctor. That heart condition we’ve been watching for a few years—a narrowing aortic valve—is getting worse, and that knee surgery could be very risky for you.
His primary care doctor advised him to meet with Terence Lin, M.D., a PAMF cardiologist, before he went ahead with the knee surgery.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with Dr. Lin’s direct and unequivocal explanation of the risks of knee surgery,” says Blumenfeld. “The first thing he asked me was, ‘How do you feel about dying?’ He told me my risk of dying during the knee procedure was about 1 in 20.”
They also discussed Blumenfeld’s options for fixing his heart valve. Based on Dr. Lin’s assessment and advice, Blumenfeld called off the knee surgery and had his heart valve replaced first. He was able to take advantage of a new surgical technique, in which a catheter threaded through an artery is used to place the new valve in the heart, rather than open heart surgery. Then he had his knee replaced.
After meeting with Dr. Lin, Blumenfeld decided to become a PAMF supporter. “Dr. Lin made a very strong impression on me,” says Blumenfeld. “I won’t do anything serious with respect to my health without talking with him. He is the one I go to for final clearance on anything serious.”
Blumenfeld’s very generous support allowed Dr. Lin and his colleagues to purchase a new cardiac ultrasound machine, updating and expanding the cardiac services available in PAMF’s Fremont Center.
“We use cardiac ultrasound to assess heart function, plan surgery, monitor heart failure, monitor valves,” says Dr. Lin. “It allows us to find out things about the heart non-invasively, in the office, and in real time. Ultrasound is typically two-dimensional, but this new technology will allow us to see three- dimensional images of the heart. It is absolutely state-of-the-art, and it will instantaneously improve our ability to care for our patients in a timely fashion.”