Peter Giordano is a lifelong ice hockey player who believes you never quit in the middle of a game, no matter what. So when his chest felt tight and he struggled for breath in the third period of a game one Saturday in October, the 47-year-old Giordano kept on playing. Even when both arms went numb, he kept on playing.
When the game ended, he dropped to his knees and collapsed in the middle of the rink. Within moments, while his teammates scrambled to get him off the ice and remove his gear, his heart stopped; his teammates saw his eyes roll behind his head and his lips turn blue.
Giordano was revived with a defibrillator kept at the Chestnut Hill rink, but he was still near death. His heart stopped once more before he was rushed to the OR at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, where Dr. Khalid Chaudhry and his interventional cardiology team performed an emergency heart catheterization to open a blocked coronary artery and implant a stent.Read More