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Fort Sanders Heart Team Saves Knox Man from Deadly “Widow Maker” Heart Attack

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Dr. Brian Adams

For most of his 73 years, Dave Matthews has been very healthy and active. The West Knoxville man walks several miles every day, has never smoked and never experienced any heart problems. That’s why Matthews was surprised when he suddenly began having severe chest pains, trouble breathing and heavy sweating while running errands one day this summer.

Within minutes of arriving at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Matthews was whisked to the cardiac catherization laboratory where the heart team discovered his left anterior descending
(LAD) heart artery was blocked completely, and his left side was damaged.

Read the full story of how the Fort Sanders Heart Team and Dr. Brian Adams treated Dave Matthews’ blocked artery.