The whole team was pretty amazing

Dennis and Tere Yule, Patient

On February 6, Dennis was 30 minutes into his normal workout at the gym when he dropped, with no pulse. A member at the club familiar with CPR started doing the procedure while staff members retrieved and applied an AED defibrillator. By the time EMT technicians arrived 4 minutes later, two electrical shocks had been administered and his pulse had resumed. The EMT staff stabilized him prior to hospital transfer. ”I remember waking up, it being cold outside and my wife, Tere, was there,” he recalls.

When Dennis arrived at the Bronson Methodist Hospital Emergency Department, tests determined that he experienced sudden cardiac death. A heart catheterization procedure determined that an immediate quadruple bypass procedure was required and performed that day.

Dennis spent 5 days in the intensive care unit (ICU) and by the 2nd day he was up and walking. While recovering, Dennis’s nurses coached him to eat, and, when nothing tasted good, they ordered a protein shake to make sure he was nourished. “They were so attentive night and day,” says Dennis, “it felt like I had a lifeline the whole time.” “They made a conscious effort to make a connection with me and with Dennis,” Tere added.

After being discharged from the ICU, Dennis was moved to the cardiac floor before being released on Saturday when he transitioned to home care. “The transition was very smooth and the hand off from the facility was smooth,” says Tere, “on Sunday, a nurse from Bronson at Home came and monitored his vitals, medication and food – that was a really good service.”

Dennis has secured primary care at Bronson, so all of his medical information is on one record. “It’s hard (to keep track) when different doctors are treating different parts of the patient,” says Dennis.

Five weeks into cardiac rehabilitation, Dennis began experiencing angina, and monitoring discovered changes in his EKG, which was confirmed by a stress test. Further testing showed that two of the grafts did not survive and a defibrillator was implanted to provide protection should his heart fail again.

Dennis wants to make sure nothing else happens and that he can keep up the intensity of his workouts – cardiac rehabilitation helps keep him disciplined and further strengthens his body condition and heart. In addition, classes in nutrition, medications and heart disease information has helped to support lifestyle changes .

“The whole team has been pretty amazing,” says Tere, “Dr. Pack was warm and supportive as were the emergency, cath lab, medical and nursing staff.  They have all helped get Dennis back to normal life.”

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