CAROLYN’S STORY

Times Colonist - - The Capital / B.c. -

In 2008, Carolyn Thomas be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence pain and dis­com­fort — nau­sea, sweat­ing, pain in the mid­dle of her chest and down her left arm. As a healthy and ac­tive woman Carolyn did not be­lieve she was hav­ing a heart at­tack, but she knew some­thing was wrong and went to Royal Ju­bilee’s Emer­gency De­part­ment. She was seen by Dr. Man­jeet Mann, a car­di­ol­o­gist and the Ex­ec­u­tive Med­i­cal Direc­tor of Heart Health. “He sat down be­side my bed, held my hand, and with his calm­ing pres­ence told me I had sig­nif­i­cant heart dis­ease. I re­mem­ber ask­ing him ‘Are you say­ing that I might have had a heart at­tack?’ And he said ‘Yes, and I’m say­ing you are also hav­ing a heart at­tack right now’.” Dr. Mann im­me­di­ately sent Carolyn to Royal Ju­bilee’s Heart Catheter­i­za­tion Lab­o­ra­tory. Through a small in­ci­sion in her wrist, an in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gist in­serted a catheter that car­ried a stent to one of her ar­ter­ies, stop­ping the heart at­tack. Carolyn was able to go home shortly af­ter­wards, and con­tin­ues to re­ceive fol­low up care from the car­diac team at Royal Ju­bilee. “I think we’re al­ways look­ing for ways to make a pa­tient’s jour­ney bet­ter,” Dr. Mann mod­estly re­sponds when praised by Carolyn. “In their con­tin­ual drive to bring pa­tients the best care pos­si­ble, our car­diac team has be­come an in­cu­ba­tor for in­no­va­tion, work­ing ev­ery day for break­throughs that con­tin­u­ally el­e­vate stan­dards of car­diac care in our com­mu­nity. In our de­part­ment, 22 tal­ented and in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized car­diac physi­cians and hun­dreds of spe­cially trained care­givers work to­gether to help pa­tients get well and back to their lives and fam­i­lies.” Carolyn is in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the care she re­ceived in Vic­to­ria. She knows she was lucky to be treated here and asks that the com­mu­nity con­tinue to sup­port Vic­to­ria’s hos­pi­tals. “We are so for­tu­nate we have this state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity. I’m so ap­pre­cia­tive of the care I re­ceived from this tal­ented team.”

Car­diac pa­tient Carolyn Thomas with Car­di­ol­o­gist Dr. Man­jeet Mann

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