Jim McCann: Cardiac Catheterization & Open Heart Surgery

After having a successful open-heart surgery at the Allegiance Heart and Vascular Center, Jim McCann is enjoying time with his grandchildren more than ever.

After having a successful open-heart surgery at the Allegiance Heart and Vascular Center, Jim McCann is enjoying time with his grandchildren more than ever. He appreciates having the stamina to work early morning hours at the European Bakery and still have the energy to take the kids bowling.

Jim, who had never had a heart attack or even chest pain, feels very lucky that his heart condition “was caught before it was too late.” He’d had a routine stress test with inconclusive results, which led to a cardiac catheterization – a test to check for blockages in the arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart. That test revealed four arterial blockages that required open-heart surgery.

He could have chosen to go out of town for his heart surgery, which some of his friends suggested. “But I never hesitated for one moment in choosing Allegiance Health,” Jim said. “The Allegiance Heart and Vascular Center came highly recommended by several family members—including my grandchildren’s paternal grandfather. But I had already decided to go there. I am very glad I did.”

Jim said the care he received at Allegiance Health “was wonderful. The nursing team, including Casey and Jason, were professional, compassionate and fun. My family appreciated being kept well-informed and staff taking time to answer questions thoroughly.

Regular exercise through the Allegiance Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is keeping Jim strong and fit after his open-heart surgery. “My four-way bypass surgery was only the beginning of a new journey for me,” he said. “With a new lease on life and the assistance of Allegiance Cardiac Rehab, I am on my way to many more years of enjoying my grandkids.” 

Jim is thankful for the loving support and excellent post-surgery care of his wife, Sharon, and his three children. “Family is very important to help keep your focus on getting back to a healthy state of life,” Jim said. 

Regarding his experience at Allegiance Health, Jim said, “I often speak positively to both family and friends about the professional care that is available in Jackson when your heart is at risk.”

The best chance of surviving a heart attack is to act quickly. Do not wait for symptoms to go away. Call 9-1-1 immediately, and chew an aspirin while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.