Tory Dahle, 84, a husband, father, and grandfather, always led an active lifestyle. Tory worked as an accomplished home builder for over sixty years. Though he had a history of heart disease, he managed his health and maintained a normal quality of life.
Recently, while climbing stairs at his home, Tory began to experience shortness of breath and chest pain. He told his wife who quickly called their son, Dr. Thom Dahle, an interventional cardiologist at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud Minnesota. Tory was transported to St. Cloud Hospital where a diagnostic angiogram revealed severe blockages. A team of physicians determined Tory was an appropriate candidate for a Protected PCI procedure with the Impella heart pump as he was too high risk for open heart surgery.
Interventional cardiologist Dr. Brian Stegman implanted the Impella CP® device to support Tory’s heart while he placed stents to restore blood flow to his heart. Tory returned home the next day and quickly resumed his active routine, walking almost three miles a day. Today, Tory’s heart function is normal, and he enjoys every moment with his wife, children, and grandchildren.