Heart Attack Survivor Lisa Pementil

Heart Attack Survivor Lisa Pementil

August 17, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


(piano music) – [Narrator] She says
as a healthcare worker, she should’ve known better, but instead, Lisa Pementil
did what most of us do. She ignored suspicious,
worrisome symptoms. – She was having these symptoms, which she described as
pain in her left hand that radiated across her, her chest to her shoulders
to her right hand, and then to her jaw, and she was getting this off and on for the past several days. – [Narrator] Lisa, a
certified nursing assistant at a Lake Mary assisted living facility, started having the symptoms
again and things got so bad, she finally asked to go home from work. – So I drove home, which is eight minutes, thank goodness it was close, and the pain just started
coming from my fingertips, across my shoulders,
and down my right arm, and I just felt like I had pressure, like a tightness in my chest. I didn’t feel like, you know they say, an elephant on your chest. It didn’t feel like that. – [Narrator] She knew this
time it was a heart attack and called 911. Dispatchers told her to crate
her dog and wait on the couch. EMS was there in five minutes. – When the EMTs got here,
they put the EKGs on, they gave me nitro under my tongue, they asked me what
hospital that I preferred. Well, I was new to the area. I had done no research. I didn’t know who was good, who was what, and the lead EMT said, “you will go to Central
Florida Regional Hospital because they have the best
cardiac unit in the state.” – [Narrator] The quick
response was critical in more than one way because Lake Mary EMS and Central Florida Regional Hospital use a wireless EKG system called LIFENET. – So with LIFENET, it
allows the cardiologist to see what we’re seeing in real time. So he can look at it,
allows him to kinda preplan where he’s gonna be making his attack at to save that person’s heart muscle. – [Narrator] LIFENET, combined with the EMS team’s on-site assessment, meant that Central Florida
Regional Hospital’s cath lab protocol could be initiated before Lisa even arrived. By the time Lisa got there, the cath lab team was in
place and ready to go. – When someone’s having a heart attack, time is important because time is muscle, so there’s that time delay. So the cath lab protocol
would not have been initiated until Lisa would have
gotten to the hospital, so that would’ve been time lost. – [Narrator] Dr. Lopez found
and opened the blocked artery, but he discovered other
arteries were involved as well. So Lisa needed an additional
trip to the cath lab but avoided surgery and was soon sent to cardiac rehabilitation. – The important thing with rehab, and it’s been shown in studies, that people that do
rehab actually do better. They were able to recover
from their heart attack or their event much better
than people that don’t do that. – [Narrator] Lisa is back
on the job full-time, and says she feels better than ever. She was a stranger to Central
Florida Regional Hospital when she arrived. Now she is a fan. – It was fabulous. They did everything for me. There wasn’t, I can’t even pick one moment that was better than the other. When I knew that my heart was gonna, I was gonna be okay, that was the best moment in it, at the end of course. They were there, you know, every minute, like for my every need. It was fabulous. I can’t say enough good things about em. (guitar music)