A suspected heart attack landed a cruise ship passenger in hospital at Health City Cayman Islands.
The 55-year-old patient, from Sarasota, Florida, was visiting Grand Cayman during a cruise with the Carnival cruise line, which had initially left from Tampa, Florida about two weeks ago.
According to a press release issued by the hospital on Friday, the patient had said she woke at 4 a.m. with chest pains, so the ship’s medical staff performed enzyme blood tests and suspected a heart episode.
After evaluation in Grand Cayman, she was immediately sent to Health City where she was treated. During her treatment, her husband stayed at The Reef Resort and following her recovery, the couple returned home at the beginning of last week.
Dr. Chandy Abraham, Medical and Facility Director at Health City, Cayman’s new private hospital specializing in cardiac surgery, cardiology and orthopedics, said the fact the patient had been treated in Cayman would greatly aid her overall recovery.
“In emergency situations such as this, it is vital the patient receives excellent medical care as soon as possible after the cardiac event,” he said.
“We were able to treat the patient as soon as she was sent to us. This is important because any delay in treatment for a heart episode can lead to a less successful recovery,” he added.