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Sherri's Heart Story

by Sherri Stager

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“I’m alive today thanks to Susquehanna Health’s amazing Cardiology team. 

I sure didn’t expect to have a problem with my heart. As an endurance athlete, I kept myself in shape — cycling competitively and running. One night, when repeated dizzy spells hit, I thought I was going to pass out. But since I didn’t have any chest pains, I just wanted to go to bed. Thankfully, my husband insisted that I go to the emergency room at Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.  

It’s a good thing I did. Doctors there found I was on the verge of a Type 3 heart block, which can be fatal. They whisked me by ambulance to their sister hospital, Williamsport Regional Medical Center. All the way there, I was calmed, reassured, and kept apprised of what was happening, which made me feel a lot better. Upon arrival, I was taken right away to a room where a team of cardiac experts was waiting. They immediately inserted an emergency pacemaker, followed by a permanent one the next day. Within a couple of weeks, I was back to running and cycling again. I feel better now, with the pacemaker, than I have in many years.  

Through it all, the doctors and nurses were supportive and treated me with great care and compassion. I felt I was in excellent and knowledgeable hands. Thanks to Susquehanna Health, I’m looking forward to my next 100-mile ride!”

 –  Sherri Stager, Mansfield