PALMDALE – Diet and exercise have been key components in the recovery of Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford who suffered a heart attack in late May.
Ledford received another boost in that recovery Sunday.
“I’m now the owner of a brand new pacemaker,” Ledford said. “Dr. Donna Gallik who practices at Cedar Sinai, came to Palmdale Regional Medical Center yesterday (Aug. 19) and performed the procedure. She did an amazing job and I was good to go in just a few hours.”
On Thursday, Ledford had experienced some dehydration and dizziness which was believed to have been caused by his medication.
Information gathered from a defibrillator that he had been wearing, indicated that his heart rate had slowed down during the time he was experiencing the dizziness.
“The pacemaker resolves that issue for me,” he stated. “I can now continue my recovery and return to doing the things I love to do.”
Ledford expressed his thanks and admiration to the emergency first responders who tended to him and medical staff at Palmdale Regional Medical Center for their care and professionalism.
“We really are fortunate to have this high level of medical care available here in Palmdale,” he said. “This is state of the art and I am extremely thankful for this kind of quality care.”
“Again, I wish to thank everyone for their prayers and support for our family,” Ledford added. “The outpouring of support and kindness has been humbling and overwhelming. We are most fortunate to live in such an amazing community.”
Ledford said he plans to attend the City’s 50th Birthday Celebration on Friday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square.
“That is, if my doctor and my wife give me the green light,” Ledford chuckled.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)