Linda's story

Heart attack May 9, 2017

I really would like to express how important a Cath lab at RVH would be for simcoe/Muskoka. Women need to realize we don't experience the same symptoms as men do. I had jaw pain it was like a vice grip was getting tighter and tighter. I had no other pain. We should have called an ambulance but who would think jaw pain was so...

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Florence's story

My Dad

My dad made the journey from RVH to Southlake. He needed a stent put in. This was ten - twelve years ago. The stent did it's job and gave Dad another 6-7 years. He eventually passed away from Parkinsons. Now myself, husband and siblings are at an age where we now are concerned about our care if we should have cardiac issues. This is a...

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Mike's story

Event Experience

My Husband had a heart attack and was taken to RVH . Unfortunately RVH was not equipped to handle the situation so he was transferred to a Toronto Hospital since the Cath Lab in Newmarket was already in use . As a result of all of this lengthy search he did not make the CathLab within the 90 minute time frame. Luckily after having 2...

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Ken's story

Heart Disease and Cancer

In 2000 I was diagnosed with heart disease. Two blockages that in time were opened up at Sunnybrook and Southlake. That year we moved permanently to the Washago. We are so much more at ease now...to be within 90 minutes of RVH. Let me further explain. In 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer...multiple myeloma. After initial work at PMH,...

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Paul's story

My Dad

I hear the stories of the level of stress traveling to Newmarket as we went through this for my dad. Having said that my dad is alive and well and I believe that I may need help in the future so barrie would be so much closer for all in this area. A huge thanks goes out to 104.1 the dock and all who are involved.. And I challenge all...

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Janice's story

You Folks Are Life Savers!

While driving to work this morning, listening to my favourite radio station, I heard my brother's voice! I guess he must be at RVH right now for tests as we are now at the age our father was when he died from a heart condition at 57 yrs. old. We lost our Dad far too young and my father in law died at 61 from a heart attack so a Heart...

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Wendy's story

Grateful Grandma

In 1966 I missed the concert at Maple Leaf Gardens to see The Monkees. I was 12 and I was home with a bout of strep throat. 6 months later I'm at Sick Kids in Toronto with an injury while tobogganing. My blood pressure was out of whack for my age and I remember my doctor coming in to explain that I would be having a serious operation for...

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Dan's story

The Orillia man played hockey, ran...

Dan Herbert always considered himself a pretty healthy guy. The Orillia man played hockey, ran and enjoyed the outdoors, so the possibility of a heart attack was the last thing on his mind. “It happened a while back when I was playing hockey. All of a sudden I started feeling ill. I skated off the ice and went to the change room. I...

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Bruce's story

The care I received throughout my...

As he shovelled his Gravenhurst-area driveway on Christmas Eve, Bruce Bateman felt strangely warm on a frigid Muskoka day. Then a heart attack dropped him to the ground. Bateman’s wife, Shannon, rushed him to the local hospital where he collapsed again at the Emergency department entrance. Bruce needed a lifesaving advanced cardiac...

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Bob's story

Not even the two heart attacks...

Bob Beach doesn’t let anything get him down. Not even the two heart attacks that brought him to the brink of death. However, the 76-year-old tree nursery owner from Barkway, near Gravenhurst, certainly considers himself very lucky to be alive. Beach was, literally, brought back to life by a skilled medical team in Orillia, but like...

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Bob's story

The only trip the 72-year-old...

Bob Burk loves to travel. In fact, he and his wife have just returned from a month long road trip which ended in California’s Napa Valley. The only trip the 72-year-old Midland-area man never wanted to take was the frightening ride in the back of an ambulance on the way to Newmarket after he had a heart attack. “It’s pretty...

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Kathie's story

The 71-year-old Innisfil resident...

Kathie Paul didn’t even know she was having a heart attack. The 71-year-old Innisfil resident woke up with severe pain in her jaw, neck and shoulders. It was so bad the roof of her mouth and even her teeth hurt. She knew something was wrong, but never thought about her heart. “You always hear about heart attack symptoms being the...

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Chris' story

trouble breathing so he headed to...

Chris McNicol had trouble breathing so he headed to the Emergency Department at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital to get it checked out. At first, the 39-year-old Collingwood-area man was going to stay home and wait it out. It’s a good thing he didn’t. Right away he was hooked up to an IV as doctors and nurses tried to stabilize...

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Bob's story

Bob Kennedy didn’t know what hit...

Always on top of his game this active 60-year-old got pushed to the sidelines when a heart attack came running at him from left field. “All of a sudden I felt shortness of breath and weakness in my legs,” recalls Bob, who pushed it aside thinking it was simple indigestion. Bob was going to ride the pain out until a colleague urged...

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Mark's story

One minute Mark Thompson was...

One minute Mark Thompson was watching a soccer match on television and the next he was lying on his living room floor fighting for his life. The 41-year-old Barrie man and father of two young children had the mother of all heart attacks, known as the ‘widow maker’. Thompson’s artery was completely blocked and when he arrived at...

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Rebbeca's story

Thanks to all those folks with a...

Cardiac disease has greatly impacted my family over the last 10 years. My father had a heart attack and because he was outside the safe distance to transport directly to care he had to be stabilized in Midland before receiving treatment. This lengthened his hospital stay substantially. Fast forward 5 years when my Mom could not receive...

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