Surviving a ‘Widow Maker’

NPMC Cardiac Expertise Saved a Life

During a local Veterans Memorial fundraiser, entertainer and community leader Tom Wilkins began experiencing classic cardiac symptoms – sweats, dizziness, shortness of breath and ultimately chest pain. He came to National Park Medical Center’s Emergency Department and expressed that he thought he might be having a heart attack. “Everything moved so quickly. They got me right in and in a bed before I knew it–and ultimately saved my life. My heart attack was in the artery called the ‘widow maker’ – and because of their quick action, I’m one of the few to survive. My family and I are thankful for NPMC’s cardiac expertise and technology being right here in our community.”

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