Mater Private Urgent Cardiac Care Service – John’s story

John recently told us the story of his heart trouble …

Mr John Hassett is a 63-year-old retired Garda from North Dublin who had a major health scare in early 2017 when he began to experience dizzy spells and palpitations. 

Mr Hassett is generally fit but while exercising he began to notice that he became dizzy and his palpitations worsened. He put off going to the doctor and tried to ignore his symptoms however one day after swimming John felt a surge of heat to his head accompanied by extreme palpitations. He felt as though he might collapse. 

On his way home, John felt something was very wrong and felt he shouldn’t even be driving. He was heading to Power City when he heard the advert for Mater Private’s 24-hour urgent cardiac care and decided to give them a call when he got home. 

Sandra from Urgent Cardiac Care spoke to John and based on his symptoms asked him to immediately come in to the Mater Private. John’s daughter drove him to the hospital where he was assessed immediately. He was brought for an ECG which showed that this was an emergency case.  (He was in intermittent ventricular tachycardia. Ventricular tachycardia is a fast but regular rhythm. It can lead to ventricular fibrillation, which is fast and irregular. With ventricular fibrillation, the heartbeats are so fast and irregular that the heart stops pumping blood. Ventricular fibrillation is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death.)

The Urgent Cardiac Care nurse alerted one of the team of Cardiologists to the emergency. IV medication was administered straight away to settle his heart rhythm and he was brought to the cath lab for an angiogram which showed severe heart disease. 

John had two procedures during his stay in the Mater Private, an angioplasty to treat the narrowing of the coronary arteries and a further procedure to settle his heart rhythm.  He was discharged and feeling much better after just a week.  Had John not presented to the Mater Private when he did, he may not have survived. 

John is back swimming and cycling though he takes it a little easier now.