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Barking canines and a series of lucky occasions helped save a Bristol man from dying of an enormous coronary heart assault – Hartford Courant

A Bristol man was introduced again to life by state-of-the-art medication at UConn Well being, however he seemingly would not have gotten there on time if not for 3 barking canines at residence who wished to go exterior.

Kirk Valencis, a match 57-year-old 5-foot-10, 185-pound man, suffered an enormous coronary heart assault on Sept. 20. As soon as on the hospital, he was not anticipated to outlive and needed to be resuscitated earlier than emergency open coronary heart surgical procedure.

“The physician stated it was an absolute miracle, They stated it again and again,” Valencis stated of his survival.

However in his case, it was as a lot the luck of excellent timing of circumstance.

The ordeal started when Valencis went to his aunt’s home to maneuver some issues, accompanied by his finest pal, Robert Prims, to assist.

Valencis wasn’t feeling effectively that day—he was drained and nauseous however by no means dreamed it was an indication of a coronary heart assault. Prims urged Valencis to go residence and relaxation, so the lads left Valencis’ aunt’s home. Prims was going to go away instantly, however the Valencis’ canine and two canines he and his spouse had been watching had been barking like loopy to exit.

Prims informed his finest pal since highschool to lie down and he’d take the canines out.

“He wasn’t feeling effectively, and if I used to be in his place, I would not need canines bothering me,” Prims stated.

After Prims got here again in with three pleased canines, Valencis informed him he had developed ache in his left arm. Prims, 56, who had a gentle coronary heart assault in 2013, gave his pal an aspirin and stated he was calling an ambulance.

Daybreak Valencis, Kirk Valencis’ spouse, stated if it wasn’t for her husband’s aunt needing one thing moved, Prims would not have been there. And if it wasn’t for the canines’ persistent barking, Prims would have gone residence and left Kirk to relaxation.

“I’d have come residence to search out him useless within the mattress,” stated Daybreak Valencis, who was at work that day. The 2 dated in highschool, went their separate methods, had households and reconnected romantically 11 years in the past, marrying about seven years in the past. “It is only a chain of occasions gone proper.”

The chain of lucky occasions continued. Daybreak Valencis stated the EMT’s got here and had been going to deliver him to Bristol Hospital, however the extra skilled EMT did an EKG and decided UConn Well being would most likely be higher.

As soon as there, Kirk Valencis’ fortunate streak continued, docs stated.

Cardiac surgeon Dr. Chittoor Sai-Sudhakar stated “the whole lot was blocked” to Valencis’ coronary heart and it was working at solely 5 %. He went into cardiac arrest a number of instances, the surgeon stated.

“The celebrities had been aligned for him all alongside the way in which — at residence and right here with an amazing workforce,” stated Sai-Sudhakar. “This was somebody who was anticipated to die. It was due to the workforce we have now that he survived. … We had been in a position to make the judgment calls. Time was of the essence.”

Heart specialist Dr. Juyong Lee stated Kirk Valencis went into cardiac arrest as soon as within the catheterization lab and required electrical cardioversion and CPR as soon as throughout a process.

Lee stated Valencis additionally developed severely low blood strain from this large coronary heart assault and required a particular mechanical circulatory help system, an IMPELLA, to take care of his blood circulation as a result of his coronary heart did not have sufficient energy to flow into his blood via his physique. It was their first time utilizing the system — and it was profitable.

He had a seven-hour emergency surgical procedure and spent 10 days at UConn Well being’s Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Heart adopted by 20 days of restoration at Hartford Hospital.

Without knowing it, Annie, left, and Peter were instrumental in saving Kirk Valencis' life when he was having a massive heart attack.  The two dogs, who belong to Valencis' son, were staying at Valencis' house because his son was on vacation.

Daybreak Valencis stated she and Kirk had been watching his son Tom’s canines on the time of the guts assault—a black Lab, Peter, and a white combined breed, Annie. The Valencis’ canine, Cooper, a corgi, was additionally within the combine, making for the chaos that no sick particular person needs to deal with.

When Tom, who was touring in Italy, discovered about his dad’s shut name, he expressed remorse about not being there. Daybreak Valcencis informed him to not fear in any respect as a result of if not for the refrain of barking canines, Prims would not have stayed to listen to of Kirk Valencis’ left arm ache.

Kirk Valencis hadn’t been feeling effectively for about six months. He was having shortness of breath when he laid down at evening, however it was attributed to nervousness assaults. Kirk Valencis thought perhaps it was associated to sleep apnea.

He had additionally been drained, and the physician attributed that to getting older, the couple stated.

He was on blood strain medicine and his blood strain nonetheless learn excessive within the physician’s workplace, however Kirk Valencis stated he attributed that to “white coat syndrome” — a state of affairs the place blood strain goes greater due to the nervousness of being in a health care provider’s workplace.

Kirk Valencis stated he does not bear in mind something in regards to the coronary heart assault ordeal.

“The percentages had been completely in opposition to him,” Daybreak Valencis stated.

Kirk Valencis, who previously owned a flooring firm that required heavy bodily work, now cares for his mother-in-law at residence throughout the day. He is referred to as the man who mates, household and anybody else in want can name for assist. He even volunteered on a farm baling hay.

Daybreak Valencis stated she had a beautiful help system whereas he was within the hospital as a result of he is so well-liked. She obtained texts from 25 folks a day checking on his situation from him.

Kirk Valencis is now again to strolling a mile a day together with his coronary heart perform as much as 50 % and stated he counts his blessings day by day.

“How grateful I’m to have the family and friends that I do. As you do unto others as they do unto you,” he stated. “I am so blessed to have everybody in my life. I am very fortunate.”

Daybreak Valencis stated she’s grateful day by day that her husband survived.

“I am very lucky to have him right here,” she stated.

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