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Treating patients like family

Robert Miseyko is a determined man, even a heart attack can’t keep him down.

In January, the 68-year-old construction manager began having chest pains during the middle of the night. He took a nitroglycerin pill but felt his left arm going numb, so he decided to drive himself to Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, according to his daughter, Lauren Miseyko.

Her call from the hospital’s emergency room nurses came at 3:30 a.m. She learned her father was experiencing a heart event and was being transferred to Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center in Manassas.

“By the time I got there at 7 a.m., he was already hooked up to monitors, and the blood tests for enzymes showed my dad had suffered a heart attack,” said Lauren. This was not her dad’s first time experiencing heart problems. “In his early 40s, he’d had a quadruple bypass, but he’d been fine since then,” she said.

Heart trouble runs in the family. Her paternal grandfather and both her father’s brothers died of cardiac arrest at age 41.

Dr. Ashan Jafir, an interventional cardiologist at Prince William Medical Center, performed a catheterization to clear a blocked artery in Robert’s heart and inserted a stent. “Right after the surgery, my father was on the phone with work saying ‘I’ll see you Monday,’ which was not happening,” said Lauren.

The care and attention that she and her father received from everyone they came in contact with were “amazing,” Lauren said. “It’s scary when you are at a facility far from home and you don’t have your doctor or the nurses you know, but they had the best bedside manner. They made us feel like family.”

Lauren said so many people touched her heart during her father’s hospital stay. Carlos Leon, the technician who did the bloodwork, spent a great deal of time with her dad. “He was very real with my father and didn’t sugar-coat matters,” she said.

Morena Zavala with environmental services was always ready to help with offers of coffee, water or a warm washcloth, Lauren said. Nurses Becky Crouse and Jounghea Her, and so many others whose names Lauren can’t recall, were both professional and so kind.

Robert now is scheduled for post-operative visits, and Lauren is confident that he will continue to be in good hands.

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017