Heart & Vascular

"I'm grateful to be alive and have the chance to spend time with my wife and family."

Shortly after being discharged from another hospital, Andrew Palange developed severe shortness of breath and fatigue. He went to the Emergency Room at CMMC where he met cardiologists with the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. Drs. Mark Kolasa and Arun Thukkani suspected Andrew had developed cardiogenic shock, a serious condition that occurs when the heart does not pump well and can lead to organ failure and death.