Weston Davis’s Journey to Heart Recovery: Proud Father Survives Heart Attack
My name is Weston Davis. I am 61 years old and I have worked for more than 20 years as a delivery driver and account manager in San Antonio. I began experiencing chest pain, but since I have no family history of heart disease and lived an active lifestyle, I thought I had pulled a muscle. When my symptoms worsened and I developed body aches and a fever, I went to my local urgent care where I tested negative for a COVID-19. While in the examination room, I passed out.
I was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio in cardiogenic shock. I had blockages in my left anterior descending (LAD) and right coronary arteries (RCA). Stents were placed by Dr. Anand Prasa, and the cath lab team. With my ejection fraction at 10%, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Andrea Carpenter inserted the Impella 5.0® heart pump to allow my heart to rest. Once my heart function began to improve, physicians weaned and explanted the Impella® heart pump. After spending just over two weeks in the hospital, I was discharged.
Today, I am able to attend my grandsons’ basketball games, refinish furniture, and I plan on returning to work part-time. I would like to thank all the doctors and nurses, including Dr. Allen Anderson, Dr. Marc Feldman, Dr. Andrea Carpenter, and Dr. Anand Prasad, along with the cardiac ICU nurses who took wonderful care of me while I recovered.