I'm Living Proof ...

December 31, 2018
VHS Senior Advantage Magazine I'm living Proof

...there is fantastic cardiac care within The Valley Health System.

When Rodney Myrick suddenly felt pain in his chest and then down his arm and in his jaw, he knew right away what was happening. “Unfortunately, this was my second heart attack,” he says.

Myrick had no doubt that he was in good hands when he arrived in the emergency room at Henderson Hospital for emergency cardiac care. He’s worked for The Valley Health System (VHS) for over a decade and has been running the Sterile Processing Department at Henderson Hospital since it opened in 2016. He has great trust in all of the VHS facilities and says that receiving treatment in “his” hospital was particularly special. What stood out most was how caring the staff was, as well as the quality of care he received, he says.

To treat his cardiac emergency, Myrick underwent coronary angioplasty to open two narrowed arteries and restore blood flow to his heart. He returned a month later to have a third artery treated. “I got excellent care,” he says, noting that the emergency team acted swiftly to provide treatment within the prescribed window and support the best possible outcomes. “I feel absolutely wonderful,” he says.

“I’m determined I’m going to live a long life; this isn’t going to slow it down,” says Myrick, who is a husband, father and grandfather. Recognizing his symptoms and getting treated quickly saved his life a second time. “I just want people to know if you’re having chest pain, get it looked at. It’s a chance to continue living and be there for the next day.”

Know the Warning Signs of a Possible Heart Attack

While some heart attacks occur suddenly, the American Heart Association says that most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort.

CALL 911 IF YOU EXPERIENCE:

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest

  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach

  • Shortness of breath (with or without chest discomfort)

  • Other signs, including breaking out in a cold sweat, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting

EVEN IF YOU’RE UNSURE, DON’T WAIT. TAKING FAST ACTION COULD POSSIBLY SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Learn about advanced cardiac services at The Valley Health System >

A High Standard of Heart Care

All Valley Health System hospitals have received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the American College of Cardiology. Hospitals with this designation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI, also known as coronary angioplasty, available 24/7 every day. This is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.