Lisella’s left carotid artery was stented in February 2021. While waiting for that to heal before addressing the right carotid artery, Lisella scheduled a colonoscopy. But just before he was to undergo that procedure, he suffered a mini stroke, also known as transient ischemic attack (TIA). He recalls being asked his name, but not being able to respond. “I turned my head and looked at my wife. I thought I was speaking, but I’m now convinced I wasn’t. I’ve had morphine before, and it was like being under the influence of morphine.”
Lisella says he was quickly taken to the emergency room and given clot-busting medication. He was discharged a brief time later, and in December 2021 he had his right carotid artery stented.
Lisella, chairman of the board of directors for Mauch Chunk Trust Company, said he was impressed by Dr. Ju and all the staff who supported him. “The entire staff had such respect for Dr. Ju. I just felt confident in her care,” Lisella says.
Lisella continues to do well on the carotid artery front. Dr. Ju monitors his carotid arteries and is also monitoring a small aortic aneurysm. Lisella says he had an aunt who died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, so he’s glad that’s being watched.
“Knowing you’re doing the most you can for your health improves your outlook on life. I’ve seen people my age who’ve neglected their health and their life experience has been diminished.” - Tom Lisella
The carotid artery stenting wasn’t his first cardiovascular procedure. He previously had cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation (AFib) and underwent heart bypass surgery in 2015, during which he suffered a stroke (unrelated to his carotid arteries) that affected his eyesight and ability to read. He had to learn to read again, and he still can’t look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
Like the fictional Perry Mason who won every case, Lisella’s determined to prevail against the health challenges in his life.