"I thought I was young and indestructible. It took a doctor from Penn Medicine to set me straight about my condition."– Josh Smargiassi, 33 and proud father of three
Living with Lipid Disorder
|Josh, a Penn Medicine patient, was diagnosed with |
a genetic cholesterol disorder.
Problem was, when I did that, my numbers shot up close to dangerously high levels of 500. My doctor said they couldn't do anything more for me and told me to go to a specialist in familial hypercholesterolemia. They recommended Penn Medicine.
Go With Your Heart
Why Penn Medicine?I'm from Philly, so I already knew Penn Medicine was the best. Also, their heart and vascular program is ranked number 1 in the region, so I went. I saw Dr. Soffer of the Penn Medicine Preventive Cardiovascular program. Dr. Soffer was very nice and compassionate, but also very strict and stern at the same time.
He told me that, with two small boys and another baby coming, I really had to take care of this or it could end my life at a young age. I still didn't believe it, because I felt fine, but Dr. Soffer didn't give up.
He said he cared about me and wanted me to take full advantage of the best treatments available. I finally decided to get on board and started treatments that included statins, niacin and several other things. Through this, my cholesterol came down to 194, but Dr. Soffer still wanted better results for me. He told me I was eligible for a clinical trial and I enrolled to get my numbers down even further.