“Mercy Health’s ‘Brain and Heart Plumbers’ Saved My Life”

At his age, 38-year-old Michael Putnam never expected to have both a heart attack and stroke in five days’ time, but beginning on October 30, 2018, that’s what happened. Following his Tuesday night routine of bowling with his team, Putnam didn’t feel well. When he went home, his symptoms included nausea and vomiting — along … Read more “Mercy Health’s ‘Brain and Heart Plumbers’ Saved My Life”

Night and Day

Jack Gillisse’s Quality of Life Before and After His TAVR Procedure For four years, 80-year-old Jack Gillisse was under the care of Cardiologist Jeffrey Wolfson, MD, FACC. Wolfson had been monitoring Gillisse’s heart murmur and aortic valve stenosis. During this time, Gillisse was active and enjoying life after retiring. Together they knew that at some … Read more Night and Day

Out of Nowhere

Stu McLean, 34, didn’t see his heart attack coming. It came out of nowhere. There was no family history of heart disease, and being a college hockey coach, he was active and healthy. In the days before the attack, McLean admits he felt “a little off,” but he played hockey the day before the attack … Read more Out of Nowhere

Naturally Dissolving Heart Stent Saves 33-year-old Lowell Man

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body—reducing the risk of future blockages that can occur with metal stents.  On January 27, 2017, the interventional cardiology team at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s became the first in West Michigan to offer patients with … Read more Naturally Dissolving Heart Stent Saves 33-year-old Lowell Man