Lifesaving Treatment in the Nick of Time

February 13, 2019
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Roger Johnson wasn’t sure he was having a heart attack, and went to the ER. He’s glad he did.

Last September, when Roger Johnson began having some discomfort in his chest, he did not associate it with a heart attack. He had experienced one before, and the symptoms he was having were not the same. He was tired from a 12 hour drive, so he rested and the symptoms went away. But the next morning, the symptoms returned and he called his heart doctor, who told him to go to the ER.

99 percent blockage

Doctors in the ER immediately ran tests and determined that Johnson had indeed suffered a mild heart attack. After further testing, he was told one of his arteries had a 99 percent blockage and that he would need surgery right away. “I was taken to the cath lab and prepped for an angioplasty. Before I knew it, the doctor took his mask off and told me he was done,” says Johnson.

Interventional Cardiologist Sumit Khandhar, DO, explains more about the procedure he performed on Mr. Johnson. “It is considered percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as PCI, and Corona Regional was recently licensed by the California Department of Public Health to do these,” he says. “We were able to push the blockage to the side and place a stent, which is like a metal scaffold to keep the artery open.”

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Lifesaving care

Johnson rates his hospital stay as a five-star experience. “They have a great team of doctors there, and because I have other health issues, they were able to get other specialists involved to prioritize my treatment and explain everything to me in a way I could understand it,” he says. “The nurses were excellent, both in the ER and following my procedure. The care I received changed my life – I am still alive!”

Following his discharge, Johnson states he feels stronger and no longer is dizzy when he stands up. “I am able to get back to my gardening and building things in my garage. It’s amazing,” he says. He also cautions others to listen to their body. “If you sense something is wrong, deal with it right away. Do not be afraid to call 9-1-1. The longer you wait, the more damage you risk. I was fortunate enough to receive my care at Corona Regional, and I’m glad I came here.”