Acworth man loses over 150 pounds in three years
Jim Rozier weighed 409 pounds at his heaviest. His fast-paced job kept him on the go, flying from city to city which led him to adopt poor eating habits. During his travels, he turned to late night snacking, restaurants with high calorie meals and fast food for his nutrition. The constant travel took a toll on his health and his weight. A type II diabetic, Rozier was taking nine pills a day prior to his gastric bypass surgery at Piedmont Atlanta. Today, three years after his surgery, Rozier has managed to lose 150 pounds while keeping up with his fast-paced job. His diabetes is 100 percent controlled and he no longer needs medication to manage his condition. Additionally, Rozier no longer has to wear an extra seat belt on the plane when he travels and is just 60 pounds away from his ideal weight.
One year later: ‘Widow Maker’ survivor regains health
A year ago, Tom Gosdin went to Eastside Medical Center experiencing chest pain. After reviewing his test results, doctors determined Gosdin was suffering from the ‘Widow Maker,’ a rare but lethal heart condition that can kill a patient instantly. Gosdin was sent to Piedmont Atlanta where he opted to enroll in a left main coronary artery trial called EXCEL, which gave him a 50/50 chance of receiving a stent instead of open heart-bypass surgery, the traditional approach to treating ‘Widow Maker’ cases. Gosdin was randomly selected for the new procedure and was sent home days later. Today, Gosdin is healthy and grateful to be alive.