New Directions - A Life Saved … Twice
A Life Saved … Twice
Date: June 1, 2014
This past Valentine’s Day, Suburban Hospital saved the life of Constantine Zuras of Rockville. It was not the first time.
In 1980, at age 15, Zuras was struck by a car and rushed to Suburban with a severe head injury and a broken leg and wrist. He underwent a procedure to relieve pressure in his head and was placed in a medically induced coma until his condition stabilized. He credits his neurosurgeon at the time, Dr. John Lord, for his remarkable recovery.
“Nationwide, hospitals are working toward getting the majority of their eligible patients into the cath lab within the 90-minute time window,” explains Dr. Carmody. “At Suburban Hospital, we have been successful in achieving our goal of treating 96 percent of these patients within that time window.”
Zuras also benefited from a relatively new procedure that uses the radial artery in the wrist instead of the femoral artery in the groin for the insertion of his stent. “In patients presenting with a heart attack who are treated with stent implantation, there is a reduced incidence of bleeding and a lower mortality rate if the stent is implanted from the radial artery as opposed to the groin,” says Dr. Lieberman.
An echocardiogram the next day showed that, thanks to rapid intervention, Mr. Zuras’s heart was spared any damage. He was discharged 48 hours after his procedure. Today, he has lost weight, changed his diet dramatically, and exercises several days per week. And he continues to sing the praises of his favorite hospital, declaring, “This is the second time Suburban Hospital has saved my life.”
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