Jim R.’s Story
Fast action, on the part of the qualified staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, was crucial to a successful outcome following a heart attack.
Jim Ross is a man with a generous heart—and a serious mission: saving enough money to help send his 19-month-old granddaughter, Hannah, to college. A 25-year veteran high-voltage power line worker, Jim figured he’d just bypass retirement and keep working until he reached his goal. But last March, his plans were interrupted.
Late one night, what had first seemed to be a severe case of heartburn kept getting worse and worse. Jim, knowing something bad was going on, asked a friend to get him to Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) as quickly as possible. When they arrived, the Emergency Department immediately sprang into action.
“They didn’t hesitate a minute,” Jim recalls. “And I could tell they knew exactly what they were doing.”
Once Jim was stabilized, cardiologist George Broderick, MD, performed a heart catheterization—a procedure that enables a physician to get an accurate picture of the patient’s coronary arteries. The result: Jim’s main coronary artery was 100 percent blocked by plaque (fatty deposits). Jim had gotten to the hospital just in time to avoid permanent damage to his heart—or worse.
Dr. Broderick next performed a balloon angioplasty (an alternative treatment to open heart surgery) and inserted a stent (a wire tube about the size of a ballpoint pen spring) in the artery.
“The stent,” Dr. Broderick explains, “holds the artery open so blood can flow freely again.”
When Jim went home three days later, he felt better than ever. Four weeks after that, he was back on the job with the American Electric Power Company in Columbus. And, his plans for his granddaughter’s education are back on track.
“I’m a lucky man,” Jim said. “Thanks to the folks at Good Samaritan Hospital, I’ve got my life going again.”
Getting Help Fast Can Prevent Heart Damage
“James Ross is one of the lucky ones,” said Dr. Broderick. “As soon as he realized something was seriously wrong, he got to the Emergency Department at Good Samaritan Hospital. And, as soon as our team assessed him, we started treatment. Fast action again.”
Fast action—on the part of both patients and professionals—is crucial to a successful outcome when a heart attack occurs.
“The old saying that ‘minutes count’ is really true when it comes to treating a heart attack victim,” Dr. Broderick adds. “The sooner the patient gets appropriate treatment, the lower the risk of permanent damage to the heart.”
Content Updated: December 5, 2014