44-year-old Hialeah man who suffered a life-threatening heart attack saved at Jackson West Medical Center

By: Krysten Brenlla

After a lifetime of smoking cigarettes, Carlos Andres Escobar, 44, experienced a nightmare scenario.

In the late morning hours on March 16, Escobar started to feel chest pain, but didn’t think much of it. Four hours later, the pain intensified and spread from his chest to his arms. In that moment, Escobar knew he was suffering from a heart attack.

His family rushed the Hialeah native to the emergency room at Jackson West Medical Center. Fortunately, just 10 days prior to Escobar’s life-altering heart attack, Jackson West’s team was fully equipped to stabilize and treat him, due to their latest ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) accreditation.

“A STEMI is the most severe type of heart attack; they are life-threatening and require quick assessment and treatment,” said Ivan Mendoza, MD, FACC, chief of cardiology at Jackson West. “With this new certification, in addition to our expert medical teams, advance technology, and a state-of-the-art facility, we were ready to evaluate, treat, and save Carlos’ life right away.”

The team immediately stabilized Escobar, and rushed him to the catheterization lab to perform an emergency cardiac catheterization to examine his heart. The procedure led to the cardiac team placing a stent – a small mesh tube used to hold open weakened or narrowed blood vessels in the heart– to establish proper blood flow.

“As soon as I arrived to the emergency room at Jackson West, they did the triage and an electrocardiogram, and immediately admitted me to a hospital room,” Escobar said. “I was very fortunate; if I would have had this attack just 10 days earlier, I wouldn’t have been treated at Jackson West. I wouldn’t know where I’d be today.”

After an hour-long procedure, Escobar’s pain was almost entirely gone, and he felt strong and energized. He spent one day in Jackson West’s intensive care unit for observation, and two days on a regular floor, before going home with minimal pain.

Today, Escobar feels better than ever. He has returned to work, is following a strict diet, and has promised to quit smoking so he can enjoy more healthy years with his wife and daughter. He credits the team at Jackson West for their life-saving care.

“My family and I are extremely grateful to the teams at Jackson West for all of their attention,” Escobar said. “They kept me informed and calm. I knew I was in the best hands. They saved my life.”

Ivan Mendoza, MD

Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Internal Medicine

Jackson Medical Group