William's Heart StoryMar 3, 2020
William Morse, cardiac patient, Florida Medical Center“Lifting weights is my absolute favorite thing to do. I put my entire heart and soul into body building.”
Self-proclaimed gym rat, William Morse, exercised twice a day, every day, around his work schedule. One day, however, something was different. He felt a tug in his chest after working out and knew from past experience that something was wrong.
Nearly 30 years ago, William had a heart attack. He had undergone by-pass surgery six years later due to five blocked arteries. Therefore, he knew the symptoms he was experiencing - heart palpitations and difficulty catching his breath - needed to be taken very seriously.
“I have been healthy for over 20 years and dedicated to my exercise regimen, so these warning signs were surprising,” he says.
William visited his primary care physician right away, who recommended he see Dr. Henry Cusnir, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Florida Medical Center.
“From the moment I met him, I felt really comfortable with him,” William recalls. “I had a complete cardiology work-up, and the results caught me off guard. Despite my commitment to a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Cusnir diagnosed me with coronary artery disease that required a coronary catheterization.”
In the past, his condition would have required open heart surgery. Dr. Cusnir instead recommended an innovative, less invasive procedure that would potentially allow William to have an easier recovery and shorter hospitalization. Dr. Cusnier would perform the procedure using a new technology at Florida Medical Center called the Diamondback 360.
“I was actually the first patient in all of Broward County to benefit from this equipment,” says William. “After the procedure, I felt surprisingly good.”
In fact, he was able to go home the very next day! Two days after the surgery, he was cleared to go to the gym to work out his upper body. Four days after surgery, he was able to return to work.
“I am very appreciative to have benefited from a physician and a hospital that are both committed to ensuring patients like me have access to the latest technology,” says William. “Thank you Dr. Cusnir and the caring staff at Florida Medical Center for giving me the opportunity to continue running, lifting and bench pressing my way through life. I am 71, but I look and feel 20 years younger!”