Jeff Snider, owner of Snider’s Leading Jewelers in Goshen, is grateful to be alive. A heart attack was the furthest thing from Snider’s mind on the evening of May 17 when he had chest pains.
“I’m in good shape – not overweight, don’t smoke. I felt fine when I left work,” he said.
He thought he had bad indigestion. But everything he tried to relieve the pressure didn’t work. After a sleepless night, he finally called a family member to take him to the hospital.
Within five minutes of his arrival, Jeff was on his way to emergency treatment for a heart attack. A cardiac team, led by Abdul Basit, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, used a minimally invasive procedure called angioplasty to open a completely blocked artery. The team also placed a stent to keep Jeff’s artery open and improve blood flow.
“I found out later I was already gone by the time I got into the operating room,” said Jeff. “They had to work on me for a while before they could clear the blockage.”
While he was in the Intensive Care Unit, one of Jeff’s nurses was Abby Campbell, BSN, RN, CCRN. “I also visited him when he moved to the Progressive Care Unit to see how he was doing,” she said. A few months later, they ran into each other at the Elkhart County Fair. “I loved seeing how great of a recovery he had made! It was so wonderful to see my patient who had been in the intensive care unit up and walking around in the community!”
Altogether, Jeff was in the hospital for 18 days, choosing to have stents placed in partially blocked arteries while he was there. “I didn’t want to come back some day to get the other fixed. I wanted to know they were all clear.”
In August, Jeff returned to Goshen Hospital to see his caregivers. “I wanted to thank the nurses who took such good care of me,” he said. “They were more than nurses – they were angels.”
“Often as nurses working with intensive care patients, we don’t get positive outcomes such as Jeff’s case,” said Abby. “We often work with every ounce of our energy to save someone and become extremely emotionally invested. Jeff’s case was no different except he made a wonderful recovery after a very hard road in the hospital and he was kind enough to give us the gift of seeing him happy and healthy! That’s the best thing a nurse can get and makes what we do so worth it!”
Luke Kaufman, RN, and Abby Campbell, RN, were two of the nurses
who took care of Jeff Snider when he was at Goshen Hospital after his heart attack.
“You don’t think about having a good experience in the hospital,” Jeff said. “But those nurses made all the difference. It was heartwarming to see them again.”
Luke Kaufman, RN, and Abby Campbell, RN, were two of the nurses who took care of Jeff Snider when he was at Goshen Hospital after his heart attack.
Know the signs of a heart attack
Nearly half of adults who have heart attacks don’t recognize the symptoms at the time. Chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, pain that radiates down the left arm may feel mild or go away quickly. Women may feel pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. They may also break out in a cold sweat, feel light-headed, confused or exhausted.
When a heart attack strikes, timing is vital to reduce damage to the heart. That’s why the earlier you call for help, the better.
“I know I waited too long,” Jeff said. Earlier diagnosis and treatment may have led to a shorter stay in the hospital.
If you or someone you know is having symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1. It could save a life.