Forty-three-year-old Michael walked into the George Washington University Hospital Emergency Room complaining of chest pain. The Washington D.C. handyman had no health insurance but was not eligible for any financial assistance programs.
When emergency room doctors saw their patient's abnormal electrocardiogram and blood enzyme evidence of a probable myocardial infarction (heart attack), Michael underwent immediate cardiac catheterization performed by Dr. Richard Katz and Dr. Jon Reiner which showed narrowings in two of his three arteries. Both arteries were opened with Cypher Cordis (Johnson & Johnson) stents.
Michael is recovering well and is grateful to The Larry King Cardiac Foundation for providing financial assistance and to Cordis for its donation of stents to The LKCF which were used in his treatment. Today, he is back at work.