Chamber Chief Recovering from Heart Surgery


Ken Oplinger

Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce officials are awaiting for word from President Ken Oplinger who had surgery to install two heart stents after suffering a heart attack Jan. 15.

A chamber official said Jan. 17 that the region’s largest business organization will not be issuing a statement on Oplinger’s status until he is ready to do so himself.

Oplinger, 48, has been president of the chamber since 2013. An Oxnard resident, Oplinger was expected to be released from St. John’s Medical Center on Jan. 17.

A stent is a small mesh tube that’s used to treat narrow or weak¬†arteries, which are vessels that carry blood away from the heart to other parts of the body. A stent is placed in an artery as part of a procedure called¬†percutaneous coronary intervention.

Stent surgery patients usually feel little or no pain and have good chances of making a full recovery, surgeons say.

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