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‘She Saved My Life’
Rachel Decoster, APRN, became a family medicine advanced practice provider to make a difference in people’s lives. For Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue, she did just that … in a big way.
“She saved my life,” Perdue said. “She had found irregularities in an EKG she had run and told me I needed to go to a cardiologist.” She shared the full list of symptoms for heart disease and stressed the importance of following up.
But it wasn’t that simple. He waited a year to make an appointment, canceled a few times, but Decoster kept prodding him to follow through on her recommendation.
Perdue, 65, had no symptoms and “I told her I knew there wasn’t anything wrong with me.”
Finally, he saw the cardiologist, who told him he “flunked” a series of tests, including a heart catheterization, which revealed a 98 percent blockage in his main artery and 75 percent in three others.
“The doctor said you have two choices, either have bypass surgery or go home and wait for the heart attack that would kill you.”
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