Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Are you at risk for a heart attack?
My father-in-law recently had a heart attack. He didn't have all the
usual signs of one, other than perspiring heavily and having shortness
of breath. Thankfully, his wife was able to respond quickly and call an
ambulance to get him to the hospital. It was found that he had an
aneurysm, with complete blockage of an artery and 75 percent blockage of
another. That left one artery doing the work of three.
He was very fortunate, able to have a bypass with the aneurysm removed, and is now home exercising and headed to a full recovery. He received the best medical treatment from the expert work of Dr. Ron Kennedy, who performed his open heart surgery. Dr. Kennedy along with the other doctors involved are to be commended for their incredible work, as well as the high quality of service he received at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, Ms.
In the lobby of the hospital is an eight foot tall bronze statue of St. Dominic, who was described as, "No one ever talked to St. Dominic without feeling better for it." That is exemplified today, given how friendly and helpful all the nurses and staff were, many times going well beyond the call of duty. In the words of Sister Dorothea with St. Dominic's Hospital, "Every human life is sacred." That passion for providing quality and caring service sets St. Dominic's Hospital to a high level.
Prevention through daily exercise and a quality diet help to reduce the risk of a heart attack, along with routine checkups. In educating others on what a heart attack is and the typical signs to look for, be sure to watch this interesting video: