Dian's Story: Saved by Instincts

May 3, 2017

Dian trusted her instincts and got a second opinion from the heart care team that may have saved her life.

cardiology patient story - DianDian felt tired, nauseous and had been losing weight. With a trip to Japan coming up, she saw her family doctor. He identified atrial fibrillation and referred her to a big-city heart hospital. After many tests, she was told to go on her trip and come back again afterward. She was uncomfortable with that idea, so she took her records to another provider for a second opinion. This team of cardiologists saved my life.  He saw signs of something more, a suspicion confirmed in the cath lab at Ascension Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston. Dian had a dangerous blockage of an important artery.

“Within minutes of coming through that front door, I was getting ready to get the procedure done. I said to my husband, ‘wow!’… I felt very certain that I was in the right hands.” Her blockage was quickly removed, and her heart’s rhythm was safely restored the next morning.

As for the trip to Japan, that’s postponed – but only for a while. Heart disease is often misdiagnosed in women. Dian trusted her instincts and got a second opinion from the heart care team that may have saved her life.