Church Was Part of Marie’s Routine: Heart Trouble Wasn’t
Attending church on Saturdays is a part of Marie Fisher’s routine. However, on one Saturday, without any warning or ill feeling, she collapsed and lay unconscious in the church pew. She was immediately taken by ambulance to Baystate Noble Hospital where she remained for a few days. From that day forward, Fisher has been a patient of Dr. Mehdi Pajouh, a cardiologist at Baystate Noble. “I have atrial fibrillation, and a heart valve problem,” said Fisher. She went on to say, “Over the years, previous primary care doctors told me I may have a heart murmur; however they were never concerned over it.”
The Right Doctor Is Important
Fisher has lived alone in Westfield for many years and it was very important to her to have a local doctor, and one with whom she felt comfortable. “Dr. Pajouh always treats me like I’m the most important person to him when I see him. These days, most doctors enter the exam room, head straight to the computer and don’t even look up for 10 minutes,” says Fisher.
“Not Dr. Pajouh. He always addresses me as soon as he enters the room, looks right at me, and makes me feel like I am his priority,” shared Fisher. Having her cardiologist nearby means everything to her. “I am so glad to have him here in Westfield, close to home. I am so lucky to receive really great care in my own community. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else,” she said.
Her Heart Condition Changed Her Life
Fisher is a very active 77-year-old who loves to read, and confessed to being an accomplished crossword puzzle enthusiast. Since being treated for atrial fibrillation, she has also become more involved in her church. “Since that happened to me in church, it may sound funny, however I took it as a sign. I became more involved with the church, I felt it was important to give back,” she says with a smile. Fisher also keeps busy each weekday by volunteering for the Westfield Senior Center’s Companion Program where she has volunteered for years.
“I drive people to their appointments all over the region, even take them grocery shopping if they need to go,” said Fisher. She says it keeps her feeling young and allows her to be with others. “They think I’m doing them a big service, but really it goes both ways.”
Fisher adds, “I am so fortunate to have the care from Dr. Pajouh and Baystate Noble. It allows me to continue doing what I love.”