Patient Stories



After several weeks of disrupted sleep, Phil Brooks finally paid a visit to the Emergency Department at NSMC Union Hospital to figure out what was going on. Once in the Emergency Department, Brooks was treated by NSMC cardiologist Michael Goldstein, M.D., who admitted him for testing. 

“The tests essentially showed that Phil was experiencing a decrease in heart function, which means that his heart’s pumping power was weaker than normal,” says Dr. Goldstein. “As a result, his heart could not pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet his body’s needs, and fluid was backing up into his lungs." The first step in Brooks’s treatment was enrollment in the NSMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to help manage his symptoms, increase stamina and improve his dietary habits. Read more