Beyond the Blockage Brian Miner, Kalamazoo

A long-time pipefitter, Kalamazoo resident Brian Miner, 58, had just begun work on the Lakeland Medical Center expansion when the pain in his chest started. At first, he shrugged it off, and it faded in and out, as he continued installing medical gas lines that would soon serve patients.

"I didn’t think much of it. But by the next morning, an hour into my shift and the third day on the job, the pain in my chest was too strong to ignore."

Brian set down his tools and walked across the driveway to the emergency department. Once there, he met acute care nurses Barb and Lori who evaluated his condition. Tests showed that Brian was having a heart attack, and he was rushed to the cardiac catherization lab to have two stents placed in his heart.

During a heart attack, blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked and one or more areas of the heart don't get enough oxygen, causing serious issues. Cardiologist Christopher Chiu, MD oversaw the procedure to open the blocked arteries.

"I was never really scared even though one artery was blocked 100 percent and the other 95 percent. That had a lot to do with the people taking care of me."

Within five hours, Brian was recovering from the heart attack and life-saving procedure, just steps from the job site. He knew it had been a close call, especially because his mother had passed away from a heart attack around the same age.

To read Brian's full story, visit spectrumhealthlakeland.org/miner

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