Michael Bigwood

50-year-old Michael Bigwood has been suffering from chest pains since his early teens due to a collapsed lung. He has experienced physical pain throughout most of his life; however, he describes the recent severe arm and back pain as a "different kind of pain." During a visit to the podiatrist, a scan was done on his legs revealing blockages. After being told of the blockages, Michael reached out to Dr. Jigar Patel, Cardiologist at Ocala Health, who performed an angioplasty on his legs. Dr. Patel also did a scan of the heart during the procedure and found additional blockages there. The severe arm pain Michael was having in conjunction with the heart blockages led to a conversation about inserting stents using the radial access procedure. Historically, most cardiac catheterizations have been performed using the femoral artery, which is a large artery located in the groin area. However, these same procedures can most often be performed through the smaller radial artery in the wrist.

"Don't think twice about having this procedure," Michael said. "It is non-invasive, was not that big of a deal, and I did not feel anything. I have had worse times at the dentist." While Michael still has residual pain from prior health issues following the radial access procedure, he says he no longer has the arm pain and is no longer fearful of having a heart attack. "I probably wouldn't be here without the procedure. I avoided a heart attack. I would not think twice about doing this again."