Barbara Pack remembers nothing of her life on January 14, 2019. Not the pain and discomfort. Not being in the car with her husband, who drove her to Mercy. Not the moment she went into sudden cardiac arrest, unresponsive and pulseless, in the Mercy Emergency Department.
After rapid resuscitation and heart catheterization in the Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC)—which is located in the emergency department and equipped with a fully functioning cardiac catheterization lab—Barbara also underwent stent placement, the use of a temporary pacemaker, and induced hypothermia. She awoke four days later in the Mercy Coronary Care Unit and soon realized her life would never be the same.
“I give the staff at Mercy so much credit, and the care here has been superb,” Barbara says. “I have been especially touched when the people who worked so hard to save my life stop in to tell me how glad they are to see me alive.”
According to Ahmed Sabe, M.D., director of Mercy Heart Center and co-director of the Mercy ECPC, advanced cardiac life support is not enough for patients like Barbara. She would not have had the same chance for survival anywhere else.
“With a cardiac catheterization lab in our emergency department, we can deliver fast, lifesaving hemodynamic support for emergency heart patients, even those in sudden cardiac arrest, where death occurs within minutes without treatment,” says Sabe.
A free space therapist at Summit Psychological Associates, Barbara is the mother of two, ages five and one, and lives in Jackson Township. She praises God for another chance at life, saying, “Even though both my parents died at age 55, I never dreamed I would have a heart attack at only 44. I am determined to change that cycle. I also want to be involved in some kind of ministry after I’m fully recovered. I believe God kept me around for a reason. I must be supposed to do something more.”
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