Stephen Griffin, a retired TVA electrician and an avid hunter, suspected something might be wrong when he noticed himself perspiring easily and tiring quickly. When he experienced his first spell of chest discomfort and tightness on a crisp October morning, his wife called an ambulance. Following an array of tests and no apparent indication of a heart condition, his doctor at a local hospital thought he might be suffering a stomach problem. Stephen was released only to have two more minor spells—one on Friday and another on Sunday—all in the same week. Again, he was examined and dismissed from a hospital ER with a stomach diagnosis.
Still concerned that his spells were heart-related and taking the advice of his brother and a trusted friend, Stephen scheduled an appointment with a University Cardiology physician. Within an hour of his first visit to the University, his new physician was doing a heart catheterization and discovered a major blockage. Three stents were put in that day.
Stephen explains, “Luckily, my University Cardiology physician was there. He’s very knowledgeable, and he picked up on the problem right away after he listened to me explain all that had gone on.”
Following his completion of the Cardiac Rehab program and with the support of his wife, an excellent cook who helped him make some major dietary adjustments, Stephen is doing great. He now walks often for exercise and enjoys regular hunting trips with his much-loved bird dogs. He says of his experience:
“I feel like I got exceptional care from my University Cardiology physician. If I go to the hospital again, I will choose the University of Tennessee. They just do a really good job. I’m very impressed, and my wife is, too.”