When I walked into the emergency unit at Borgess-Pipp Hospital on Dec. 12, I figured that my discomfort was just the result of stress. But when I told the receptionist that I was having chest pains, it triggered an immediate response. In less than a minute they had me hooked to an EKG and were monitoring my blood pressure. Then they told me I had to be transported to Borgess Medical Center and that the right side of my heart was not working. I was having a heart attack.
By the time the ambulance arrived, the team at the Borgess Heart Institute were ready. In no time, Dr. Frank Saltiel had performed angioplasty with a stent on me.
All kinds of thoughts were going through my mind on the way to Borgess. But as they ran me down the hallway to the operating room I felt more at ease. Everybody knew what they were suppose to be doing.
The whole thing, from the ER to recovery, was probably less than two hours. It was like a well-executed military operation.
I feel a lot better than I did before. I have more energy and I’m no longer tired all the time.