Neenah man finds new life after trial heart procedure
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NEENAH, Wisconsin (WBAY) – A man from Neenah who has lived for years with chest pain from heart disease now has new life.
As a musician, horn teacher and founder of “Horns a Plenty Christmas” Donald Krause understands the importance of being the first president. And now, at 81, “I’m patient one. I’m patient number one and that’s all I am, ”Krause says.
After suffering from chest pain for years, caused by chronic myocardial ischemia (CMI), Krause became the first patient in the country to undergo a clinical trial to treat pain at UW Health in Madison.
“To be able to move on with my life, to be able to improve my life, to be able to get away from the chest pain in my body, it will be worth it,” Krause says.
Dr Amish Raval, interventional cardiologist at UW Health and associate professor of medicine at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, is leading the clinical trial.
With the help of a team, bone marrow cells were taken from Krause’s hip, placed in a centrifuge and separated. Then these cells were injected into ten different places in Krause’s heart.
According to Dr Raval, “We know that we all harness the ability to have these cells in our bone marrow that if we take them and inject them back into the heart, we believe they will bring benefits, the formation of new blood vessels. and decrease inflammation and so on to improve Don’s symptoms and potentially his ability to walk and functional ability.
After a night in the hospital, Krause was sent home thanks to Dr. Raval’s work. Ten days later he feels like a kid again, saying, “It blows my mind that something like this was done to me a week and a half ago and I’m sitting here talking to you about it like i was a teenager.
Although he won’t follow up with doctors at UW until next month, Krause is confident the procedure was successful. He adds: “I feel more energetic than I have felt in years. But guess what, I haven’t had chest pain since Monday a week ago, and that’s great!
And now, instead of living with the pain, he can focus on the music that makes his heart happy.
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