Scripps Doctor — One of the Nation’s Leading Experts in Heart Failure

Scripps Doctor — One of the Nation’s Leading Experts in Heart Failure

January 6, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


[begin music]>>Thomas Heywood: Hi, my name is Tom Heywood
and I’m a heart failure specialist at Scripps. Currently we’re at Scripps Green Hospital
and also the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. When you’re training to be a doctor you
get exposed to all different specialties and I was really drawn to many different ones,
but cardiology really attracted me because I could understand it and there were very
concrete things that we could do to help people that I understood. It was a very exciting
time when I was training. We were salting to do angiograms, stents just started to come
along, but heart failure was developing and I saw patients that were very sick that we
could help tremendously. It seemed like cardiology was the place where this was happening in
the most profound way. This is a very exciting time to be in heart
failure. The tools that we have to help patients are exploding right now. We have the Left
Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) program where we actually put in a pump that helps the patients
own heart. I can put in tiny little chips into people’s arteries and their lungs so
we can measure pressures at home. So things that we used to have to have people in the
hospital and the intensive care unit with tubes in, we can do that at home noninvasively
and get the same information and really reduce hospitalizations. I’m a little bit older. I’m a grandfather
in two ways; I’m a grandfather because I have five grandchildren, but I’m also and
grandfather because I’ve been doing heart failure for so long that I trained myself
in heart failure before there were even boards in heart failure. But now, we have a specialty
training in heart failure that’s an extra year, and we have a program for that at Scripps
where people who are done with cardiology can do an extra year in heart failure. So
you can be sure that when your heart failure doctor is seeing you at Scripps, they’ve
had over decade of training in heart failure and many of us have had many more years of
practical experience in treating heart failure as well. So I want them to know the golden rule of
medicine, and that’s how I treat my patients. If I had what they have but know what, I know
what would I do? So I treat them the way I would treat myself or a family member if I
was sick. I know what it’s like to be sick. I know how people suffer. Out job is to prevent
suffering to make people feel better and keep families intact, and that what we try to do.
And will do everything in my power to help you get better. To me the great reward is every day when I
get up and know I’m making a difference in people’s lives. People come to me very
sick, that have large medical problems. Many times they’ve seen several other doctors
and maybe they’ve gotten help, maybe they haven’t; but using thirty years of experience,
all my training, my compassion, I do what ever I can to help them and to see them get
better. This is what I thought being a doctor was going to be; that sick people were going
to come to you, and you were gong to use your brain and heart and soul to make them better.
And when that happens the rewards are immeasurable. [end music]