Know The Signs A Guide To Understanding Chest Pain

Quick action saved Dan’s life. Now he’s moving at a slightly different speed.

Dan Cogswell of Jacksonville had just returned home from a canoe trip when he felt his arms go numb.  Within 15 minutes his condition worsened and he was rushed to Passavant, one of eight rural hospitals that collaborate with Prairie Heart in our STAT Heart program.  Following protocols, the ER team quickly stabilized Dan and he was soon transported by helicopter to Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Here, cardiologists determined that one of Dan’s arteries was 100% blocked.  A stent was inserted and the quick response of both teams most likely saved his life.  Dan left the hospital within two days—in his words, “feeling great.”

The STAT Heart Program is designed to quickly identify, treat and transfer acute heart attack patients to a cardiac cath lab within 90 minutes of arriving in the ER.  The program is one of several that has been cited as a model for national standards in the care of rural heart patients.

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Patty couldn’t eat solid food and her prognosis was even harder to swallow.

Patricia Meyers of Quincy was looking for answers.  In and out of another area hospital for three months with stomach problems, she had no solid food for eight weeks—getting by on a liquid diet for nearly five of those eight weeks.  As she grew sicker and sicker, she became bedridden, losing nearly 30 pounds.

Her referring physician eventually diagnosed her condition as mesenteric ischemia, the result of decreased intestinal blood flow.  For Patricia, two of the three arteries that supplied blood to her intestines were completely blocked.  Left untreated, she was at risk for septic shock, organ failure and death.

At Prairie Heart her cardiologist, Dr. Nilesh Goswami, weighed her treatment options.  Traditional open surgical bypass carried a high mortality risk.  He and his team opted to perform a much less invasive procedure in which stents were used to restore blood flow to her intestines.

The procedure was a success, and Patricia is up and around, eating what she likes and enjoying life again.  All thanks to the experience and skill of a cardiovascular team that’s always looking for a better way.

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A little arterial blockage wasn’t going to keep Bob from a stroll in the park.

Bob DuVall of Springfield was first diagnosed with blocked arteries in 1993.  With no history of heart disease and a second opinion from his Prairie Heart cardiologist, Dr. Greg Mishkel, Bob began taking medication to improve his condition.  But a year later he developed more symptoms, requiring a stent to be inserted to improve blood flow.

A lifelong exercise fanatic, Bob underwent open heart surgery in 1995 for another failed artery.  Back to his usual workout routine, he was surprised when 10 years later tests showed he needed two more stents.

Eight months later, Bob completed his first half marathon.  Today he stays healthy with daily weight training along with regular cardio kickboxing and martial arts.  He credits much of his good health to Dr. Mishkel, who inspired him with his own brand of dedication and perseverance.

The Prairie Heart Institute is pioneering new treatments every year in the fight against heart disease.  And Dr. Mishkel is just one of the respected doctors who have made us a name you can trust.

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For Connie, what happened in Vegas ended up in Springfield, Illinois.

Connie Mandoline of Mt. Zion had open heart surgery in 2004 and a heart attack two years later.  But she was symptom-free until a trip to Las Vegas in 2009.  On her way to see a show with her husband James, she felt a little winded.  Moments later she passed out.  Within a half hour, her heart stopped.

After attempts to revive her failed, she was taken to an area hospital.  There James had a decision to make.  Taking advantage of a special type of insurance he had purchased called MedJet—and on the advice of a trusted friend—he decided to have Connie flown to Prairie Heart Institute.

Here, cardiologist Dr. Nilesh Goswami and his experienced team implanted a defibrillator designed to instantly correct life-threatening changes in her heart rhythm.  Today Connie is back to doing what she loves most—painting, decorating, gardening and spending time with her family. 

Prairie Heart enjoys a national reputation as an innovator in cardiovascular care.  When you don’t want to gamble with your heart, we’re always the smart choice.

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