The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 2, 2014

Asciutto recovers from heart surgery

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — Stanly County Commissioner Peter Asciutto is recovering from what doctors deem a successful heart bypass surgery.

Asciutto underwent an eight-hour operation Friday, he said Monday from his hospital room at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast in Concord.

“I’m alive and kicking,” Asciutto said.

In what was first believed to be a need for quadruple bypass turned out to be five clogged arteries, Asciutto said. Other than the damaged arteries, his heart remains strong, he said doctors told him. Asciutto was in the middle of a jog last Tuesday on a greenway when he began to feel ill. After he slowed his pace to a walk, Asciutto became dizzy and then fell unconscious. Two other runners came to his help.

Asciutto said doctors also made surgical repairs to his heart to help with atrial fibrillation, a pre-existing condition.

Plans call for Asciutto to go home either today or Wednesday. It will be four to six weeks before he can return to work. Asciutto said he would like to be back at the Board of Commissioners’ August meeting, but considers the September meeting more realistic.

Despite his recent physical problem, Asciutto said he never experienced chest pains or anything else to signal that he suffered from blocked arteries.

“I just knew I didn’t feel a 100 percent,” Asciutto said.

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