Symptoms of a heart attack began to present themselves while 59 year old Jim Patton of Pikeville was working in his home office on December 28, 2017.

“It was a different type of pain than anything I had experienced in the past,” said Patton.  “My chest was very tight and it actually felt like there was a heavy weight sitting on my chest.  I was having some very slight pain in my left arm, my breathing was a little strained, and I was slightly nauseated.”

He said the symptoms were nothing he was overly worried about but the tightness in his chest was an issue that was becoming a concern.

“I decided it was time to go visit the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) emergency department,” he said.  “I am not someone who goes to the hospital, except to visit someone, but I felt like the Lord was telling me to get up and go.”

As soon as Patton arrived, he moved quickly through the hospital. He said the emergency department(ED) was so crowded there were no available seats yet the staff responded unbelievably fast. They had a wheelchair waiting for him in the amount of time it took him to sign his name.

“They wheeled me straight to room number 22 where a team of doctors and nurses were waiting for me,” he said. “I was never alone, except for the 60 seconds it took me to put on a hospital gown. Actually, I was not alone then either because God was right there.”

After a quick EKG Patton was told he either had a heart attack or was in the process of having one.

“Off to the cath lab we went.” Said Patton. “I had 99 percent blockage in my right coronary artery, due to a blood clot. They removed the clot and placed a stent in the area of the blockage to prevent further issues.”

Patton says within two hours from the time he entered the front door of the emergency department, he had been diagnosed, treated and moved to the ICU where he continued to get excellent care.

“In less than 48 hours I was home watching football,” he said. “It is hard to explain how fast your life can change but within a matter of days my life sure has. If not for the Grace of God and the outstanding response of the Pikeville Medical Center ED and cardiac team my life could have ended.

Patton and his wife Jonda say they are still every emotional about the entire chain of events.

Jonda said, “We are just very, very thankful. We just cannot say thank you enough, first off to our Lord and Savior, and then PMC and of course our church family at the Pikeville Freewill Baptist Church.”

Patton said, “All our praise and glory goes to our Heavenly Father first and foremost. I can never thank PMC, the PMC Emergency Department, the Cardiac Care Team and the countless others who cared for me. Jonda and I will be eternally grateful.”

Patton says as a pastor he has been in countless hospitals but was amazed at the professionalism and compassion he saw at PMC.

“I do not think PMC gets enough credit for the team they have put together. The cardiac team is just excellent.  Trust me, I have never seen a more impressive response to anything, anywhere.  I do not think I could ever find a more impressive response than what I actually experienced.”

Patton is continuing his recovery process in phase two of cardiac rehabilitation at PMC.

For information about heart care at Pikeville Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute or the PMC Cardiac Rehab Center call 606-218-2201.