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Patient Testimonial: Albert McDonald

Image of Albert McDonald, who had three bypass surgeries. At the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, Albert McDonald had three bypasses and had blockages removed from his carotid artery.

Both of my parents were stroke victims. Maybe I should’ve been thinking about that, but I wasn’t.

I thought I had a severe chest cold—it just felt like I couldn’t get enough air. Where was the stroke connection? But, my breathing was so bad that day, I got scared and went to the ER.

Boy, was I wrong.

I was flown to Johns Hopkins, where they diagnosed heart failure plus a mini stroke. They did three bypasses and removed blockages in my carotid artery, all at the same time. I couldn’t believe that.

I felt no pain after surgery, and I had no problems. My surgeon, cardiologist and primary care doctor worked together on my follow up. I’m doing rehab three days a week, and am feeling terrific.

It’s still a little surprising that all this happened. I wasn’t a smoker or a drinker. But, Hopkins didn’t waste a moment, and they’ve given me the rest of my life.

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