Three years ago, Dante thought shortness of breath and chest tightness were just signs of getting old. "When I look back, I had heartburn…I got tired sometimes, and it was hard to breathe, but I didn't realize anything was wrong. I thought 'I'm 71 years old. I'm just getting old,' never was sick."
But when he decided to sit out on a Father's Day golf game, his wife knew something was wrong. "For him not to go play golf – that's the end of the world," Ruth says. The two called their daughter, a nurse, who took Dante to the emergency room where he spent a night in the ICU due to skyrocketing blood pressure.
The next day, his cardiologist, Dr. Remington, performed a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, which confirmed that Dante had numerous blockages in his coronary arteries. Dr. Remington sent him to Crawford Long Hospital to see cardiac surgeon Dr. John Puskas.