McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 29, 2013

Rep. Renegar back home

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — District 17 state Rep. Dr. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, is back home following surgery to place a stent into one of his arteries, conducted at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Renegar said he had gone to the McAlester Regional Health Center last Saturday after experiencing some tightening and a little pain in his chest.

He said he had stayed at the hospital overnight, then had returned for a stress test procedure on Tuesday.

“It induced a heart attack,” Renegar said. He said he was administered some medication and placed in the intensive care unit; then he was transported by ambulance to Oklahoma Heart Hospital, where one of his sons is a medical technologist.

While at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, his doctors determined that the left ascending artery to his heart had 95 percent blockage and the right ascending artery had 100 percent blockage. However, his body had built a collateral blood supply to his heart, Renegar said.

“They put a stint into the  left one,” Renegar said, adding that no stint was placed in the right artery since it was 100 percent blocked and had already created its own blood supply.

Renegar said the stint has been placed on Tuesday and he had been released from the Oklahoma Heart Hospital on Wednesday.

He gave a lot of credit to the initial treatment he said he received at the McAlester Regional Health Center from Dr. Stacy Hardy, who administered the stress test, and Dr. Lynn Preston, a new cardiologist at the McAlester hospital.

“I was very happy with the care they gave me,” Renegar said.

His doctors have advised him to rest and recuperate, and to not lift anything weighing more than three pounds for several days.

He said he has several relief veterinarians working at Renegar Animal Hospital in McAlester and he plans to be back at the state Capitol working with the state legislature on Monday.

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