Daniel Bryant was having trouble catching his breath. At age 66, he had always been active and athletic, but lately, breathing problems slowed his interests, as well as his sleeping and eating habits. Getting to and from work was a struggle, and he began to withdraw what gave him pleasure.
An enthusiastic golfer who insisted on walking rather than riding in a golf cart, he carried his clubs up and down the hills and fairways of the Bethpage Park Black Course hundreds of times. But now, even walking to the car was exhausting.
On a particularly bad day, he gasped for breath. At the urging of his wife and the pastor of his church, he was taken to the Emergency Department at Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC). As he walked into the hospital, a nurse recognized his symptoms immediately and said, "You're having trouble breathing, aren't you?"
Minutes later, he was on a stretcher and wheeled into the hospital's diagnostic imaging center, where tests revealed that his lungs were filled with fluid. He had pulmonary edema, brought on by heart failure.
After having nearly two liters of fluid drained from his lungs and being put on oxygen therapy, Mr. Bryant got his first restful night's sleep in months at PBMC. The next day, Mr. Bryant underwent a catheterization exam at the hospital's Kanas Regional Heart Center.