Hearts that inspire

Eight years ago, as she stood in her kitchen and felt the indescribable pain in her abdomen, Nancy Dreibelbis knew that she’d better act fast.

The day after Thanksgiving 2009, as she was tidying up the kitchen, Nancy experienced what she first thought to be simple indigestion. But as the discomfort increased and moved into her chest, she yelled out in pain to her daughter, who was upstairs. Then she called husband, Galen, who was at the office. “I think you better come home” was all he had to hear before he quickly made his way back to their State College home. As someone who’d had heart issues himself, Galen was certain that his wife was having a heart attack.

 “I experienced symptoms that you would typically associate with a male heart attack. A lot of people aren’t aware that this can happen,” explains Nancy. “It’s important that women understand that this is a possibility and realize that help is needed. Time really is everything.”

“The ironic part about all of this is that I was skeptical when I first learned of the plans to build a cath lab at the Medical Center. I didn’t fully comprehend the capabilities of care and the impact they could have,” Galen shares. “Nancy and I are beyond grateful for the care she received. That cath lab probably saved her life.”