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Melanie Wildhagen

Open Heart Surgery Saved This Kind Woman Who Opens Her Heart

Melanie always had an open heart. A retired school secretary, Melanie spends her days giving back to her community. She is active in her church and runs a food pantry in her hometown of Murrayville. But in the fall of 2017, it was HER heart that needed help.

I can’t thank the folks at Memorial enough for what they did for me… both before and after the surgery. Everyone has been so nice, so caring. I’m very thankful."

"I just started to have these symptoms I couldn’t explain. I’d feel this heaviness in my shoulders and neck. And I was having trouble breathing sometimes." 

After learning that her problems were heart-related, a cardiac catheterization was scheduled at Memorial Medical Center. But on the day of that procedure, doctors discovered that she would need open-heart surgery to treat her multiple blockages. Luckily, Melanie was able to undergo that surgery the same day:

"They ran some tests the day of my procedure and decided my blockages were too severe. I needed to have a double bypass surgery right away."

After her surgery, Melanie had a very successful recovery. She underwent cardiac rehab at Passavant Area Hospital and is very thankful for the care she received.

"I can’t thank the folks at Memorial enough for what they did for me… both before and after the surgery. Everyone has been so nice, so caring. I’m very thankful."

Now Melanie is back to doing what she loves: running her food pantry and volunteering for her community. She encourages anyone experiencing symptoms of heart disease to see their doctor.

"Don’t ignore the warning signs. No one ever thinks they’re about to have a heart attack. I didn’t. But your body is trying to tell you something is wrong… so you should listen!"

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