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“ My flu-like symptoms
turned out to be
a heart attack.”
NAME: HEIDI F.
HOMETOWN: Woodmere, NY
CONDITION: Cardiac arrest
PROCEDURE: Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
LIFE BEFORE HEART ATTACK: I was getting ready for my
grandson’s birthday, when all of a sudden I became weak.
I thought I was coming down with the flu. Before going to
sleep, I called my son and told him that something didn’t feel
right. We took no chances and called 911. The paramedics
arrived and within minutes, I was in cardiac arrest.
LIFE AFTER HEART ATTACK: I woke up a few days later and
after many tests the doctors determined that the upper
part of my heart wasn’t sending signals to the bottom part
to pump blood, and that’s why my heart stopped. I was
fitted with an ICD to treat my irregular heartbeat. After the
procedure, I’m back to normal, I’m energetic, and I feel great.
WHY CHOOSE SOUTH NASSAU? The entire cardiac team was
amazing. No amount of words will ever help me express how
thankful I am. They’re my heroes. They’re my angels.
To learn more about cardiac services available
at South Nassau or to watch Heidi’s story,
The American Heart Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all
Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with four or
more Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years and for
documentation of all three Target: Heart FailureSM care components for 50% or more of eligible patients
with heart failure discharged from the hospital to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.