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Published on November 22, 2011

Rosalind Johnson & Interventional Cardiology

Rosalind Johnson
Patient: Rosalind Johnson, Laurel, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Service: Interventional Cardiology

Doctor: Mark Turco, MD

As a Prince George’s County School Board member, Rosalind Johnson spends her days visiting schools, working with parents and planning community projects. Although her schedule is packed, 65-year-old Johnson says she always takes time for her health. “I go to the doctor regularly and I’m careful about what I eat.”

Despite Johnson’s father dying of a heart attack at age 75, she never thought she’d have a serious heart issue. That changed after one particularly long day.

“I’d felt tired before, but this was different,” she says. Johnson woke up at 2 a.m. with what felt like extreme indigestion. A few seconds later, she started sweating profusely. “I knew I was having a heart attack,” she says. “I yelled for my son to bring me an aspirin and immediately dialed 9-1-1.”

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