WICHITA, Kan. - People of a certain age often find their conversations turning to ailments, doctors, medical tests, and drugs they have to take to deal with those ailments. I suppose that is to be expected when often the highlight of a person's day is going to a doctor's appointment or for an MRI. The water aerobics class at one of the Wichita YMCAs is full of people around my age. We are retired and while most of us are relatively healthy, we do have minor health issues that we often discuss in the locker room after our workouts.
I have a minor heart problem that is easily managed by a couple of fairly inexpensive drugs. Years ago, my family doctor referred me to a cardiologist. It was then I met Dr. Farhat, a young, red-haired man who came here from Lebanon some years before and started his cardiology clinic with several other doctors of Lebanese birth. Dr. Farhat is a soft-spoken man who treats patients gently and with respect. He explains what's going on with my heart in detail, even when he's running behind because of an emergency he's had to deal with.