Heart Patient Stories
Retired insurance executive Jim Slevin will never forget his new doctor’s first words to him when they met: “You're done. You've had your last drink or you're dead.” And so began Jim’s relationship with UM St. Joseph cardiologist, Steven Pollock, MD, a bond that ultimately saved his life. Read the full story.
Harford County resident, John Cook, is loyal through and through. “When I find something that is really exceptional, I stick with it,” says John. “I received – and continue to receive – amazing heart care at St. Joe’s. Between 11 bypasses and a new aortic valve, they saved my life. St. Joe’s is people, not a place, in my mind.” Read the full story.
Throughout their 46-year happy marriage Arnold Gerber always knew his wife, Debby, was made of strong stuff. But when he experienced a heart attack in their home in December, 2013, Arnold saw just how calm, focused and resilient she could be. Read the full story.
“I believe that I have been blessed with a beautiful family and have so much to live for, including a job I love, working with the best people in the world. And yet, I came close to losing it all.” Read the full story.
If you were to picture the person least likely to have a heart attack, Carol Caballero, a 53-year-old wife and mother of two boys, is who you would see. A slender woman who never misses her three-mile morning walk, makes healthy food choices and has no history of cardiac issues. But, in February 2016, a persistent tightness in her chest on her morning walks could not be ignored. Read the full story.