Marine Returns to His Active Lifestyle After Surviving Cardiac Arrest


David Byrne, 38, is a welder and Marine from Perkasie, PA. After dining with his wife, Jillian, David began experiencing indigestion. The next morning, David went to work but when his symptoms did not improve, he went home to shower and rest. While in the shower, David collapsed and was in cardiac arrest. Jillian immediately began performing CPR before paramedics arrived and transported him to Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, PA.

David was in cardiogenic shock when he got to the catheterization lab with a reduced ejection fraction of 5 percent. Dr. Shailendra Singh inserted Impella CP® to allow his heart to rest before placing a stent in his left anterior descending artery. David was then transferred by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA, for escalated care. After a few days of support, David’s heart function dramatically improved and Impella was weaned and removed. After spending two months in the hospital regaining his strength, David left the hospital with Jillian by his side. 

Today, David is enjoying spending time with Jillian and their two Great Danes. He’s looking forward to returning to work, riding his motorcycle and vacationing with Jillian.

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