Tony's story: Managing chronic disease
Transforming Health | 06.27.13
Back in 2010, Tony Ross was diagnosed with severe heart failure, or cardiomyopathy. But, Ross has learned how to manage his own chronic condition after being treated through the heart failure program at PinnacleHealth.
He shares, “I entered the hospital with a heart function that was less than 10 percent, needed some emergency treatment, and then began a road to recovery. Had my condition not improved, I was either going to receive a defibrillator or potentially to be placed on the heart transplant list as well, so it was a pretty serious situation.”
“My condition really stemmed from a couple things. Some of it was genetic. Some of it was I wasn’t taking care of myself and living properly.”
Ross says changing his lifestyle has been a big adjustment.
Watch the video to learn more about how Ross manages his condition:
“In terms of physical limitations, there’s not much that I’m barred from doing, but again, as it relates to my diet, I need to watch my sodium and just really be cognizant and eat in a healthy manner, so…but I’m still allowed to go out occasionally and have some fun. And I am from the Philly area so I can occasionally have a cheesesteak, just can’t have it on a regular basis, but no, again, because of the maintenance with the medical professionals, I’m pretty good.”
Learn more about managing chronic conditions by watching this video.