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Published on November 16, 2011

Heart Attack Victim Grateful for Second Chance At Life

Hilario CordovaOn Feb. 11, 2012, Hilario Cordova marked the first anniversary of his life-saving heart catheterization and triple bypass operation. That day one year ago, he was driving to work when he experienced extreme chest pain. He had a complete blockage in the left main coronary artery, often called a "widow maker" heart attack.

Jonathan Berry, MD, was the first to see him at Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and said his condition was "completely incompatible with life." Mr. Cordova "kept trying to die," Berry said. Through the quick response of Berry, cardiothoracic surgeon Edward Gerhardt, MD, and the entire Cone Health team, Mr. Cordova was saved. Today, he is back to his fence-building business and enjoying time with his wife Tracy, who calls him her "miracle man."

"I do credit Cone Health for saving my husband's life," Tracy says. "God worked it all out for him to be so close to your great hospital with its incredible doctors and nurses and everybody behind the scenes. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel."

"I believe in God." says Hilario. "He wanted to leave me here for a reason."

Hilario's story is one of many examples of the exceptional care provided by the Cone Health Heart and Vascular team as featured in the 2011 Clinical Outcomes and Program Report.

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