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Straight from the heart


When a patient with no history of heart disease fainted for no apparent reason, he and his wife thought it best to pay a visit to the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Emergency Department. It was a good decision.

Dr. Kurt Hoskin noticed an abnormal pattern in the patient's heart rhythm — it was too slow. The Internal Medicine Resident admitted the patient to the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) for observation and during admission the patient's heart stopped for 30 seconds. 

Cardiologist Fellow Dr. Petsy So gave the patient a temporary pacemaker that same evening, and Dr. Richard Cook implanted a permanent pacemaker the next day. Throughout these procedures and the patient's stay, the CCU team, including nurse Pauline, provided compassionate care.

“It was a great team effort requiring assistance from multiple people," says Dr. Christopher Fordyce, Associate Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. 

Of course, no one can express the impact of our colleagues better than the patient himself. For everyone's heartfelt efforts, he wrote his entire care team to express his gratitude:​

“Your helping hands and caring nature show your great heart. Thank you for all you have done to help put me on the road to recovery and for giving me another chance to live."

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