Dan Eddy – Open Heart Surgery Success Story
Heading off a heart attack
Now that his heart is no longer in danger
thanks to quadruple bypass surgery at
Methodist Charlton, Dan Eddy looks forward
to spending lots of quality time with his
There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to Dan Eddy’s bouts of chest pain. For three months they came on randomly. He could be relaxing in his easy chair or teeing up on the golf course.
“They started happening four to five times a week,” he says. “The one in Dr. Wilson’s office was the final straw.”
That was in mid-June 2012 during a regular appointment. Cardiologist Randall Wilson, MD, on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, had Eddy admitted immediately and ordered a heart catheterization.
The test showed he had a minimum of four blocked arteries, some as much as 90 percent.
“I had never had a heart attack or stroke, but indications are that I was as close as you could get,” he says. “Fortunately, we found the problem before, not after, a cardiac event.”
Strong team, strong solution at Methodist Charlton
Dr. Wilson referred Eddy to cardiothoracic surgeon M. Peter Tauriainen, MD, FACS, also on the Methodist Charlton medical staff.
“Because Mr. Eddy had blockages in multiple arteries, we thought surgery would give him both the longest life expectancy and the most long-term relief from the chest pain and dizziness he’d been experiencing,” Dr. Tauriainen says. He scheduled a quadruple bypass for two weeks later.
While Methodist Charlton’s open heart surgery program was brand-new at the time (Eddy was patient No. 51), Dr. Tauriainen says it was and continues to be a strong one.
“Methodist Charlton has done a really great job of building a talented team of nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and support staff with years of experience behind them,” the surgeon says, also praising the operating rooms and surgical technology on hand.
The right choice for heart health
Eddy spent five nights at Methodist Charlton after his successful surgery and, like Dr. Tauriainen, praised the high-quality care he received. “My experience was unbelievable,” he says. “Every nurse and staff person I saw, not just doctors, treated me like I was a personal friend or relative. I’ve been in the hospital before when I felt like I was a number; this was the exact opposite.”
Fully recovered, Eddy now serves on the Methodist Charlton Advisory Board. More than ever, he stands by his decision to place his heart in Methodist Charlton’s hands.
“I had the option to go to any hospital I wanted, but I chose Methodist Charlton,” he says. “It was the right choice, and I couldn’t have been happier.”
Dan Eddy credits the Methodist Charlton Fitness Center and Fit Zone for getting his heart back in shape. Could your heart use some personal training too?
From the summer 2014 edition of Shine magazine.