‘I Think I’m Having a Heart Attack’
Marlon Hardwick Chose Atrium Medical Center
Nearly two years ago, Lebanon resident Marlon Hardwick was busy as project manager for Kastle Technologies; he was responsible for managing the installation of miles of cable at the soon-to-open Atrium Medical Center.
At age 44, with no prior health problems, he never dreamed those cables would one day help keep him alive. Having Atrium Medical Center near his home made a difference in his life.
It was Sept. 11, 2008. Hardwick was working in Centerville when he started having chest pains. His arm began tingling and went numb. He told his brother-in-law he thought he was having a heart attack. Hardwick headed for Atrium Medical Center. “While I was working there, I knew the facilities were very good. I knew they had a good reputation,” said Hardwick.
An EKG confirmed that Hardwick was in the middle of a massive heart attack. Dr. Waissbluth and his colleagues were ready to step in. In Atrium’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, the experienced staff had begun phasing in less invasive interventional procedures, including balloon angioplasties and stents.
The Cath Lab was ready for its first true emergency case. Dr. Waissbluth decided to not transport Hardwick and treat him at Atrium. That’s how Marlon Hardwick became the first Atrium patient to not be transported to another facility for interventional emergency cardiac treatment. The decision to keep him at Atrium was critical because, as Dr. Waissbluth explains, “time equals heart muscle.”
Marlon is back to participating in the activities he loves and is thankful for the interventional cardiology team at Atrium Medical Center.