A new chance to be a husband and father
In the middle of the night, Tom was transported by ambulance from his hometown of Marysville, Ohio, to Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital, where doctors were waiting for him in the cardiac catheterization lab.
“As much pain as I was in, I felt a sense of relief,” says Tom. “Everybody was gracious, professional and compassionate. I knew I was in good hands. The treatment I received undoubtedly saved my life.”
The team of specialists inserted a catheter into an artery in his groin and advanced the tube to his heart. They injected a contrast solution (dye) into his arteries and used X-rays to look for blockages. This revealed 100 percent blockage in one artery and 85 percent blockage in another. The cardiac catheterization team performed coronary angioplasty (a minimally invasive procedure) to remove the clots causing the blockage and then placed two stents in the blocked arteries to restore blood flow to the heart muscle.
Thanks to the care he received, Tom has a new chance to be a husband and father.