The Road To Recovery: Helping Hearts In A Close-Knit Community
To say that Scott Voliva has a big heart for Crawfordsville is an understatement.
But it was his heart that caused a lot trouble for him on the morning of April 4.
Scott woke up around 6:30 a.m. feeling terrible. He made it downstairs fine. He spent the next several minutes trying to walk off whatever pain he was having. But he couldn't climb the stairs back to the top where his wife Jacquie was finishing up getting ready to go to school.
"I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what," he said. His arm was numb, and he had pain in his shoulders and jaw and was having a tremendous sweat. He asked his wife to take him to the hospital.
Scott walked into Franciscan Health Crawfordsville's Emergency Department to register. The registration staff member recognized his symptoms and placed him in a wheelchair and immediately got him into the emergency room.
"She knew what was going on with me," recalls Scott.
A Whirlwind Of Activity
The next several hours were a whirlwind of activity as numerous teams were activated to address his health issue. The ER staff and physician at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville immediately hooked him to several monitors. As they were reviewing the EKG, they said, "You're going to Lafayette."
Scott remembers getting in the ambulance and getting to the heart catheterization lab at Franciscan Health Lafayette East. "There was no messing around. They loaded me up and they were flying. They did a fine job," recalls Scott.
When a patient such as Scott arrives at the hospital with heart attack symptoms, the team at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville – which has worked with the cardiac services staff at Franciscan Health Lafayette East – makes a call to Lafayette to activate the heart cath lab. The patient's cardiac information is shared with the heart cath lab staff.
Another goal of the hospital by working with first responders is to have blood flow moving through the heart muscles again in about 120 minutes. That's why it is important to call 911 if you are having signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Franciscan Health has also worked with area ambulance providers to make sure the ambulance can provide information to the hospitals while they are transporting the patient and have the heart cath lab ready to go when the patient arrives in Lafayette.
Scott, who was conscious, remembers talking to the staff as he was being prepared for the heart cath procedure. It was determined that he had two arteries blocked at 100 percent and then two more arteries blocked between 80 to 85 percent.
"I never felt bad up until the event," recalls Scott. "The timing and actions of everyone involved was a testimony of what everyone is capable of."
"I Always Thought It Was Genetics"
Scott, who is 55, lost his dad to a heart attack at the age of 55. "The third one killed him," says Scott. "I've anticipated it (the possibility of a heart attack)."
Scott enrolled in cardiac rehab at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, attending about three times a week to exercise, be monitored, learn more about his health and stay active.
"The education part of this is huge," says Scott. "I have met with the dietitian. I've had questions, and they were able to provide answers and guidance."
Scott began cutting soda, salt, sugar, ice cream, fried foods and other foods.
"I never thought I ate a lot," shares Scott, who adds that he probably eats about half of what he used to eat on a daily basis. "I always felt it was the genetics."
With the combination of cardiac rehab and personal goals, Scott is seeing huge improvements in his life. "Kelsey (Miner) and Kim (Grubb) in cardiac rehab are starting to turn the machines up on me. I can feel the difference."