Published on October 03, 2018

John M's Story (Aortic Aneurysm)

At just 49 years old, an echocardiogram revealed that John had an aortic aneurysm, or when the aorta enlarges to more than 1.5 times its normal size. In his own words, he tells his story.

John McDonald, Aortic Aneurysm Everyone kept telling me that if I needed to get anything serious done with my heart, go to New York. But I wanted to meet Dr. Michael Coady since the cardiologist who detected my aneurysm spoke so highly of him. I was impressed the second we met. Dr. Coady talked at length about everything that was going to happen to me and wanted to make sure I had all my questions and concerns about surgery addressed. 

Dr. Coady introduced me to Yojana "Yoji" Patil, the Clinical Coordinator, who was my "go-to" for anything and everything. She walked me through the process and made me feel at ease. She was fantastic and I could not have gone through any of this without her. 

May 8, 2018 was the day of my surgery. I was having my valve replaced along with the aneurysm in the aorta removed, and then lastly a bypass on the right side of my heart done as well. I was terrified, but the moment I stepped into the hospital, everyone made me feel like everything was going to be just fine. The nurses who prepped me for surgery were so kind and sweet, never making me feel uncomfortable.

Following my surgery, I spent two days in the ICU before getting moved up to the 9th floor of Stamford Hospital. I cannot say enough about the care I received in the ICU. No matter what I needed, I was taken care of. From the moment I was transported to the day that I was discharged, things only got better. I spent the next four days being cared for by some of the nicest doctors, nurses and staff I've ever met. 

I can't express enough gratitude for my experience at Stamford Hospital. The professionalism, and most importantly the compassion that was shown to me and to my family, was unbelievable. I make sure to tell everyone I come across how Dr. Coady and his team saved my life.