Two St. David’s HealthCare facilities concluded February, American Heart Month, with events to recognize heart patients. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, and it is responsible for approximately 600,000 deaths each year.
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center recently recognized STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) survivors and gave them the opportunity to reunite with the physicians and caregivers who saved their lives. Every year, almost 250,000 Americans experience a STEMI, the deadliest form of a heart attack.
Among the survivors was Hyde Park High School football coach, Dean Campbell, who experienced a severe heart attack last September on the bus ride home from a football game. Coach Campbell spoke about his experience and the importance of heart disease awareness during the event.
Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock also brought patients together with a reunion to recognize the first open-heart surgery patients treated at the new heart hospital. During the reunion, heart patients had the opportunity to reunite with the physicians and caregivers who helped them recover. Dr. W. Chance Conner, medical director of cardiothoracic surgery at Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock and a member of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS), addressed the attendees, many of whom received care for life-threatening heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease.
The Round Rock Leader recently shared an article about the heart patient reunion.
Pictured above (L to R): Allen Harrison, CEO, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center; Dean Campbell, STEMI survivor and Hyde Park football coach; Manish Chauhan, M.D., cardiologist; and Robert Wozniak, M.D., cardiologist, attend St. David’s North Austin Medical Center’s 4th annual STEMI Survivor Reunion on Feb. 29, 2016. A STEMI is the most severe type of heart attack, and almost 250,000 Americans a year experience one.