Tag Archives: Brandon Drafts

Listen to Your Symptoms: Shortness of Breath Leads to Open Heart Surgery

Karen Rainwater loves spending time with her grandchildren. But a few months ago, a simple visit to see them created cause for concern.

She was reading a story to 5-year-old Sam and 2-year-old Mallie in December when her daughter noticed she was really short of breath.
Karen knew something wasn’t right. In fact, she’d been really tired and short of breath for about a month.

So she made an appointment to see Brandon C. Drafts, MD, FACC, a cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Karen Rainwater reading with her grandchildren in West Columbia

After listening to Karen’s heart with a stethoscope for a few seconds, Dr. Drafts told her there was a problem.

“She had a prominent heart murmur that sounded like it could be a potentially severe mitral valve disorder,” Dr. Drafts said. “An echocardiogram showed severe mitral valve regurgitation. That occurs when the mitral valve leaflets don’t close correctly and cause blood to go backwards in the heart, leading to fluid build up in the lungs.”

Further testing showed that a cord, which holds one of the mitral valve leaflets in place, had ruptured.

In Karen’s case, a defect in the valve structure was to blame. In other cases, heart attacks or chronically weak and dilated heart muscle can cause mitral valve regurgitation.

The news surprised Karen. At 62, with a busy life, three grown children and three grandchildren, she had never had heart problems before or had a doctor tell her that her heart didn’t sound right.

Dr. Drafts consulted Jeffrey A. Travis, MD, of Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

“Because of the the cord tearing, Karen had congestive heart failure and would not get better without surgery,” Dr. Travis said.

Dr. Brandon Drafts

Within a few days of testing, Karen was staring down heart surgery during the holidays.

“I was absolutely shocked and asked Dr. Travis how long I’d be in the hospital,” she said. “He told me, ‘About a week, plus four to six weeks in recovery.’” I told him, ‘I don’t have time!’ It was less than two weeks until Christmas.”

But Dr. Drafts and Dr. Travis wanted to coordinate her care quickly. She received her diagnosis on Wednesday and had open heart surgery the following Monday.

“The heart undergoes changes when a valve fails, and the quicker you fix it, the less likely the changes will be permanent,” Dr. Travis said. “That’s why it’s important to listen to your body, and if you notice changes, seek medical attention.”

Karen had open heart surgery at Lexington Medical Center on December 18 and went home on Christmas Eve.

Dr. Jeffrey Travis

Her long-term prognosis is excellent.

“The quick coordination of care allowed Karen to get relief from her symptoms sooner and avoid any potential complications from congestive heart failure,” Dr. Drafts said. “I don’t think Karen initially realized how sick she was before surgery, but she feels significantly better now.”

Karen felt confident and at peace with all the care she received at Lexington Medical Center.

“While there have been some normal hurdles, recovery has been great,” she said. “Every day I can do something more than I did the day before.”

That includes more story time with the grandkids.

Hoops for Hearts

Last night was a slam dunk! We had a great time at the University of South Carolina v. Auburn women’s basketball game. USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner presented Dr. Brandon Drafts of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, with the game ball in honor of the hospital’s efforts to show our community how to “Just Say Know” to heart disease by learning about risk factors, symptoms and prevention.

If you were there, you may have seen the “heart attack” from our heart commercials. The man who portrays this character personifies a heart attack and tries to guide people to make heart-healthy decisions. He was even in the crowd cheering on the Lady Gamecocks.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

USC defeated Auburn 60 – 41.

For more information on heart disease and to take a heart quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.

Welcome Dr. Brandon Drafts to Lexington Cardiology

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brandon C. Drafts, MD to its network of care. Dr. Drafts will join the the board-certified cardiologists and highly skilled staff at Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. As part of Lexington Medical Heart Center, the practice is supported by the region’s only Duke Health-affiliated heart program.

Dr. Brandon Drafts

Dr. Brandon Drafts

Dr. Drafts completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He went on to complete a cardiovascular disease fellowship, serving as chief fellow, and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Drafts’ interests include transradial coronary angiography and intervention, short-term mechanical circulatory support and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He has also published research in the areas of interventional cardiology, heart failure and cardiovascular imaging.

Dr. Drafts is a West Columbia native and a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in biology. After earning a master’s degree in biomedical science from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, he graduated cum laude with his medical degree from USC’s School of Medicine.

Lexington Cardiology has two convenient locations. Dr. Drafts is accepting new patients.

2601 Laurel Street, Suite 260
Columbia, SC 29204
744-4900

2728 Sunset Blvd, Suite 300
West Columbia, SC 29169
744-4940

LexCardio.com