“I’ve Told God I Want to Go in a Heartbeat … and I Almost Got My Wish”
Bob Dodd, a 72-year-old DeFuniak Springs resident, began feeling a heaviness in his chest while he and his wife were driving to Pensacola for a doctor’s appointment.
Upon arrival in Pensacola, he was rushed by ambulance to the Sacred Heart Chest Pain Center. EMS and emergency staff quickly diagnosed a massive heart attack and he was immediately taken to the cardiac cath lab. Dr. Mark Grise, an interventional cardiologist with Sacred Heart Cardiology, opened the blocked artery and placed a stent (a small, metal mesh tube) in the artery to keep it open and allow proper blood flow to the heart.
“My blockage is called a ‘widow maker’ and, since I flat-lined twice, I guess they’re right,” says Bob.
“Because he was rapidly triaged and properly diagnosed, we were able to open his artery very quickly,” says Dr. Grise. “Because of that, his heart function is essentially normal today and his overall prognosis is very good.”
Today, Bob’s life is back to normal. “I’m working on my home again, plowing my fields and going fishing. If it weren’t for Dr. Grise and the excellent care I received from the nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital, I wouldn’t be here today.”
For more information about cardiac services at Sacred Heart or to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologists, please call (850) 416-4970.
Dr. Grise specializes in interventional cardiac and peripheral artery procedures. He performs minimally-invasive procedures to restore blood flow through narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. He specializes in performing these procedures through the radial artery in the wrist, offering patients a safer and more comfortable procedure compared to the traditional placement of a catheter into an artery in the groin. He has participated in numerous research trials and has been involved in teaching physicians new interventional techniques.
Learn more about Dr. Grise.