On the mend!
Dolores Catania’s boyfriend Paul Connell is recovering after undergoing a life-saving heart procedure last Thursday.
“Over the past eight years Paul has suffered with an irregular heartbeat assumed to be atrial fibrillation. Recently, it was confirmed with a diagnosis of SVT or supra ventricular tachycardia,” Dolores revealed to Page Six. “He’s had many trips to the emergency room and consulted with several different cardiologists.”
She continued, “He finally found the right specialist, a cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Robert Altman, who identified that he had a syndrome called WPW. Now, what’s this you might ask? It’s Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.”
Per the Mayo Clinic, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a rare congenital defect that is linked to sudden cardiac death in adults and infants.
“It is a very dangerous syndrome that causes an extra electrical pathway in the heart,” Dolores explains. “It causes a rapid heartbeat, and can be life-threatening if left undiagnosed and untreated.”
“So, if you experience palpitations or you feel like there’s something ‘off’ with your heart, please listen to your body and have yourself evaluated!” she noted. “After many years of my Paulie living with this, I’ve finally convinced him to take this to the next level. After working with Dr. Altman and having his procedure, his spirits are high and you can see there is a sign of relief.”
Meanwhile, Paul praises Dolores for taking care of him and pushing him to finally get the treatment that will ultimately improve his quality of life.
“I’m definitely feeling a lot better this week than I was last week,” Paul said.
“The last eight years of my life have been poorer quality than what they should have been because I stopped doing stuff in fear that it would impact my heart. There was a lot of anxiety,” he added. “But Dolores pushed me to get this checked out. She took control and I was basically a passenger. Because of her, I’m really optimistic about the future.”
RHONJ will return for season 13 in late 2022 or early 2023.