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Peter Smialek never gave it a thought. After all, he had lost 40 pounds and was in strong physical shape. But last August during a bicycle ride through the Blue Hills, the unthinkable happened. Peter’s heart stopped. He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, a medical emergency that only about 10 percent of victims ultimately survive.
Peter was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton), where a lifesaving team of doctors, nurses, and technicians expertly worked to stabilize him and assess his condition. Determining that Peter needed an extensive cardiac procedure, the BID-Milton team rapidly and seamlessly transferred him to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he ultimately underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery.
Ten months later, Peter is home in Quincy. He regained his stamina at BID-Milton’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, is resuming work as a realtor, and looking forward to riding again. “People say it was a miracle I survived,” recalled Peter. “It wasn’t a miracle; it was medical expertise.”
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