A friend of mine made a comment to me recently that stuck with me. Not only is he a local business leader, but he is also passionately committed to Physicians Regional Healthcare System. “I came to Southwest Florida from a very large metropolitan area. And though my primary care physician was a great guy, my PCP at Physicians Regional knew more about me in a few short weeks than he did after 25 years.”
He went on to say that this scenario was not limited to his PCP, but he found the same “personal touch” with every doctor and specialist he visited throughout our system. “When I visit a doctor at Physicians Regional, I feel like a person—not just the next guy being processed through a revolving door of headaches and flu bugs.”
I hope that every patient who comes through our doors for medical care feels the same level of human caring, but his comments reminded me of why I write this column, especially when I am introducing a new doctor. It’s all about people meeting people and connecting new neighbors.
Take Sarah deLeon Mansson, for example. Dr. Mansson, her husband, Dr. Jonas Mansson, and their four children (ages 2 – 9), recently relocated from Bergen County, New Jersey (one of the aforementioned large markets) to join us at Physicians Regional Healthcare System.
Dr. Sarah Mansson spent the last five years at Valley Hospital as a cardiologist in their women’s heart health program. She recently joined our cardiology team at our Collier Blvd.campus, and general surgeon Dr. Jonas Mansson is now practicing at Physicians Regional – Pine Ridge.
When I use this column to introduce a new physician, I have three goals:
1. Provide the patient public with potentially life-saving information;
2. Point prospective patients to a new doctor based on the patient’s needs, the physician’s specific skill set, and an anticipated personal connection;
3. To welcome these skilled men and women to our community—one that has proven to have open arms when it comes to newcomers. After all, the Manssons relocated to SW Florida seeking the same sense of community and caring that brought so many of you to the area.
Before becoming a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Mansson was a Junior High science and math teacher. However, her lifelong love of these subjects combined with her nurturing disposition and ability to teach sent her down a new career path. After all, the very best doctors “teach” their patients as well.
Though Dr. Mansson’s appreciation for the special needs of senior patients caused her to consider geriatrics, her choice of medical specialty became clear: “Cardiology encompasses a wide spectrum of medicine. It all starts with the heart,” says Dr. Mansson. “You really have an impact as you have the potential to save lives every day.”
Dr. Mansson provides a full range of diagnostic procedures as well as treatment for arrhythmias, valve and vascular disorders, hypertension, chronic heart disease and much more.
She also has a special interest in women’s heart health. Many women still do not realize that heart attack symptoms can differ in women and men. According to Dr. Mansson: “Lightheadedness, abdominal pain, pressure in the neck, or what may appear to be a gastrointestinal issue in a woman can actually be a heart attack.”
Dr. Mansson specifically references information provided by the American Heart Association on Heart.org: Heart Attack Signs in Women
1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
Another concern: “I have noticed that women are more likely to delay talking to their doctor about their symptoms and/or go to the hospital,” she says.
When it comes to heart health, it’s all about understanding your risk factors such as family history, smoking, high blood pressure, and a history of diabetes and the role these factors play in your heart-healthy future.
Dr. Mansson recommends that all women age 55 and above should know their risk factors and proceed accordingly.
“I approach my patients as if they are my own family—how I would want my mother or brother treated,” says Dr. Mansson. “Every patient deserves to have an attentive provide. Every patient needs someone who will listen to them and tailor the care to their specific needs.”
And as for my friend who so passionately champions the personalized care of his Physicians Regional doctors? Dr. Mansson is now his cardiologist. True story.
For more information on Dr. Sarah Mansson, or to schedule an appointment, please call 239-348-4221.