At Swedish's Heart and Vascular Institute, the care doesn't stop once a patient leaves the hospital. This commitment is exemplified by the unique story of Kenneth, a patient who not only experienced a massive heart attack but became homeless while in recovery.
At 59 years old, Kenneth had come to Swedish with a massive heart attack. He had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, schizophrenia, as well as a history with prior bypass surgery.
When Kenneth entered the hospital, he was in a state of cardiogenic shock. His heart was barely moving, unable to profuse the rest of his body. The doctors at Swedish supported him with “Maximum Care” which included a ventilator to assist with breathing, and an implantable temporary heart pump. Kenneth struggled with dangerous heart rhythms in the ICU and became critically sick. The doctors and Kenneth's family transitioned him to comfort care, but through lots of diligence and collaboration, the heart team finally stabilized Kenneth’s condition.
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