Rafael Beato

"I'm very grateful to Dr. Krishnan and his staff who took such excellent care of me."

Patient: Rafael Beato, 71-year-old man

Diagnosis: Carotid artery stenosis, severe coronary artery disease

Treatment: Placement of two carotid artery stents, coronary artery bypass graft surgery

"I was feeling okay, although because I lost my left leg below the knee to diabetes, I don't ever really exert myself. I was very surprised when a routine screening at my regular physician's office started me down the road to open heart surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital! First, a month or so before the open heart, I had a couple of stents put in my carotid arteries, also at Mount Sinai.

"My doctor, Prakash Krishnan, was great. Of course, I was alarmed when he recommended test after test. I'd never worried about my heart before. But Dr. Krishnan and his staff explained everything, step by step, test after test. They allayed my fears completely. Both procedures and my recovery went better than I expected. And now I know what it's like to feel well.

"I'm very grateful to Dr. Krishnan and his staff who took such excellent care of me. When I talk to anyone with a heart problem, I tell them to make an appointment with one of the heart doctors at Mount Sinai."