A 58 year old Jerusalem Firefighter was recently treated at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem after experience increasing chest pain during one of his shifts at the Fire Station. Upon arrival at the Emergency Room, the firefighter’s test results showed the patient had a life-threatening Cardiovascular condition, and he was immediately rushed into surgery, overseen by Shaare Zedek’s Director of The Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Elad Asher, and specialist, Dr. Tomer Miller.
During the surgery, alarming rhythm disorders appeared, and the medical team responded with prolonged CPR. “To our luck, most patients in this condition do not make it to receive life-saving treatment, and usually pass away outside the hospital. To this firefighter’s luck, he survived one of the hardest conditions. After the catastrophe, the firefighter was admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, when he was fully conscious and recovered very beautifully. “He will need minor rehabilitation, but overall in light of everything he has been through, he is in excellent condition,” adds Dr. Asher.
Early signs of the heart muscle sealing are not always clear, and apart from pressure in the chest, and radiation to the left or right, sometimes only a feeling of heartburn or shortness of breath are the only signs of a serious heart condition. It is therefore imperative to consult with a doctor if you ever think something of this nature is happening to you. The firefighter—who has taken part in Jerusalem’s most complex rescue operations—thanked the dedicated medical staff at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for saving his life, and expressed how grateful he is to return to his own work saving lives.