Mark Hinson

When a heart catherization revealed that Mark was suffering from a condition nicknamed “The Widowmaker,” he was happy Nash Health Care was close by.

Back in 2008 Mark had chest pains, which prompted the insertion of a heart stent to open an obstructed vessel. But in order to have the procedure done, Mark had to travel to a facility 45 minutes away.

Three years later he was only a five-minute ambulance ride to the new Nash Heart Center when the symptoms reoccurred.

At Nash he received the cath that confirmed three blockages including the left anterior descending artery – a potentially deadly combination – thus, the Widowmaker moniker. Heart surgeons at Nash immediately inserted three stents, preventing a possible massive heart attack.

The next day, Mark was discharged from the hospital.

“I’m glad I went to Nash,” Mark said later. “To have surgery the night before and be discharged the next day was amazing. This is so important for residents of Nash and Edgecombe counties to realize, these capabilities are right here at our fingertips.”