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James Sloan is a 64-year-old construction superintendent who lives in Destin, Florida. He has always been very active with sports, riding motorcycles, working around the house and on numerous construction sites.
When James first started getting tired and worn out, he thought he was just getting old. It wasn’t until he lost his breath while barley pushing a light boat trailer that he got scared. He was referred to Dr. Sandwith, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
It was discovered that James had a defective heart valve which left him with only 5% usage of his heart. Dr. Sandwith immediately performed open heart surgery and replaced one of James’s aortic valves.
After several weeks of breathing exercises and walking, he was well on his way to a full recovery. James tells everybody he comes in contact with about his surgery with Dr. Sandwith and for people not to wait as long as he did before seeking medical attention.
"I tell everybody that if they have to have surgery go to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and get Dr. Sandwith to care for them. I am forever grateful."
At HCA North Florida, we partner with physicians so they can do what they do best; provide first-rate cardiac care by utilizing state-of-the-art technology, first-class facilities and world-class physicians.