Dr. Michael's Heart Attack StoryJun 6, 2019
Dr. Michael Loss, cardiac patient, Florida Medical Center
As a physician on the medical staff at Florida Medical Center for the last 40 years, Dr. Michael Loss has become a familiar face to his fellow physicians, nurses and staff. He could have never imagined that he would one day need the care of the people he had come to know so well.
Dr. Loss had been obese for quite some time until he realized enough was enough. He combined exercise with one of his favorite past times, watching television, and lost nearly 100 pounds. At 73 years old, he was in better shape than most men 20 years younger than him.
Unfortunately, his long-term obesity had already taken a toll on his heart.
“I had just finished a session on my stationary bike when, all of a sudden, I had trouble breathing and I couldn’t catch my breath,” recalls Dr. Loss. “Right away, I knew something was wrong so I called 911.”
He told the paramedics to bring him to the prestigious Heart Institute at Florida Medical Center. Upon his arrival, the cardiac team recognized he had suffered a heart attack and was quickly deteriorating. The doctors and staff worked diligently to ensure he would not only survive, but regain his quality of life.
Dr. Alan Schwartz, an interventional cardiologist and the hospital’s chief of staff, placed a stent in Dr. Loss’ heart, while Dr. Eugene Mascarenhas, cardiologist and longtime friend, monitored his cardiac activity to make sure it remained within a normal range. Dr. Loss also received a pacemaker defibrillator. Despite their efforts, his heart stopped more than five times, and his family began to fear the worst.
“I was so sick that no one thought I was going to make it,” shares Dr. Loss.
However, Dr. Schwartz and his team refused to give up. Against all odds, they were eventually able to stabilize him.
Dr. Loss is thankful for his second chance. He knows more than ever the importance of sustaining a high activity level and has remained dedicated to his stationary bike. Dr. Loss is confident that his experience as a patient at Florida Medical Center will only make him a better, more understanding physician.
“I owe my life to the medical staff at Florida Medical Center,” he says. “If it weren’t for their efforts and expertise, I wouldn’t be able to share my story.”