Years after working as a registrar in Abbott Northwestern
Hospital’s Emergency Department, Kim Neuman returned. But this time it was as a
patient in need of life-saving care for a heart attack.
Neuman’s cardiac wake-up call came in June 2013.
That’s when she experienced chest pressure over several
days. “I blew it off at first,” Neuman said. She initially thought her COPD (chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease) had flared up. Then she realized the chest
pressure wasn’t going away.
Within minutes of driving herself to her doctor’s office,
Neuman was rushed by ambulance to Abbott Northwestern. Doctors placed three
stents to open blocked arteries. “Almost immediately, I felt like a new woman,”
But Neuman knew that the heart procedure was only the first
step in regaining her health. Fortunately, the Minneapolis Heart Institute® had
everything she needed to recover – from nutritional guidance and ongoing
cardiology care, to treatment with a new cholesterol drug as part of a clinical
After having limited success with standard cholesterol
medications, Neuman was thrilled to see significant improvement with the new
medication. “I’ve also switched to a low-carb diet and have lost 70 pounds,”
“I’m so grateful for the care I received and thankful for
the research study that I was in,” said Neuman. “I feel great – even better
than I felt when I was 30.”
In addition to emergency cardiac care, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern offers leading-edge care for any cardiovascular
health need. Much of its innovative work is supported by philanthropy,
including that provided by the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation and its
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