Rogelio Back on the Go
After the procedure, Rogelio was taken to the intensive care unit. It wasn’t long before he had taken out his smartphone to conduct business for his latest company, PerformancED.
“He was back on his feet the next day,” said Rogelio’s daughter, Rebecca Landin-Smith.
Two days after the procedure, he was discharged home.
A week after going to the doctor about his leg issues, he was chairing a board meeting for Matrix Human Services. A month later, he went to back to the cardiologist to have the work done on his legs – the problem that originally prompted him to visit his doctor.
“I’ve felt great since the procedure,” Rogelio said.
Rogelio is back to riding his bike, and can go as much as 20 miles at a time – “not bad for a 63-year-old,” he said. He walks and takes the stairs as much as he can. He continues to see his cardiologist, Dr. Gupta, every three months or so.
“I like to inject physical activity whenever I can,” he said.
Since the procedure, in addition to his work in education to help the disadvantaged, Rogelio has become a “heart recovery advocate.” Working with Abiomed and other Impella patients around the country, he tells his story so that others might benefit from his experience, including testifying before an FDA panel about heart devices like Impella CP. He also was a speaker at “goREDTALKS,” a showcase of speakers not unlike Ted Talks, at the Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital in September 2016. “More patients, physicians and payers need to know about alternatives, such as using a device like Impella CP for pre-emptive or preventive purposes rather than just a means to survival”, he said.
Impella CP is now available to more patients: In December 2016 , the FDA gave approval to the Impella CP to provide treatment for patients with high-risk percutaneous intervention procedures. This approval expands the patient population that can be safely and effectively treated with Impella CP in the high-risk PCI setting.
“My message is – why have a heart attack if you don’t have to?” Rogelio said.