Nicoles Heart StoryMar 3, 2020
Nicole Davis, cardiac patient, Florida Medical Center
Nearly every day, Nicole Davis drove by Florida Medical Center’s new Freestanding Emergency Center in Davie on her way home from work. She never knew the importance it would later play in her life.
“One day in particular, I felt like my heart was coming out of my chest,” she recalls. “It was pounding really fast, and I had a feeling something was wrong.
Nicole knew she needed medical attention, so she decided to visit the conveniently located Emergency Care Center near Nob Hill Road.
“The staff saw me heading towards the entrance from the parking lot with my hands on my chest and quickly grabbed a wheelchair and opened the front doors for me,” she says. “I knew right away I was where I needed to be.”
A nurse immediately tested Nicole’s heart rate and determined it was 210, two to three times faster than the normal range of 60 to 100 beats per minute.
“The doctors and nurses who treated me sat down by my side and calmly explained everything they were going to do to get my heart rate back to normal,” she recalls.
They gave Nicole medication, and once her heart rate went down, she was transported to Florida Medical Center (ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiology services and coronary interventional procedures in 2014) for further treatment.
Nicole’s doctor determined that the “pounding” she felt in her chest was a result of premature ventricular contractions, which are extra, abnormal heartbeats that disrupt the regular heart rhythm. Since leaving the hospital, she has been taking medication to help control her heart rate and hasn’t experienced anymore cardiac issues. Nicole was so impressed by the care she received at the Emergency Center and at the hospital that she sent an email directly to CEO Gabrielle Finley-Hazle praising the staff.
“I felt like a VIP,” Nicole wrote. “I would definitely recommend both facilities to my loved ones. Keep up the good work!”