Florida Region


5810 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite 300 Coral Springs, Florida 33076

Steve Laufer

Steve Laufer

Steve LauferSteve Laufer (right) poses with his wife (left) for a photo. They are both smiling and stand outside with a garden backdrop.

My wife Sondra and I went to a Billy Joel concert one rainy night to enjoy some great music and each other’s company. After parking the car and staring up at the ominous sky, I suggested we run for cover before the slight drizzle gained momentum.

By the time we ran the short distance from the parking lot to the venue, I began feeling extremely fatigued. Attributing the sharp pains shooting up the middle of my back to be nothing short of the pains of aging, I didn’t give it a second thought. Little did I know that I was actually on the verge of having a massive heart attack.

The back pain persisted which eventually led me to make an appointment with a chiropractor. After receiving a clean bill of health, I decided to visit my primary care physician for a second opinion. I was referred to Dr. Henry Cusnir, a cardiologist at Florida Medical Center – a campus of North Shore, who performed a stress test, an electrocardiogram and also ordered my blood work.

The results of my EKG were so poor that Dr. Cusnir admitted me to the hospital right away. Not only had I failed all of the tests, but the results also showed severe blockages in the arteries leading to my heart. It was truly a miracle that I was still alive.

Dr. Alfredo Rego, a thoracic surgeon and the medical director of the Heart Institute of Florida at Florida Medical Center, took over my case to perform a coronary artery bypass graft. The doctor and his highly skilled medical team performed my surgery flawlessly. I couldn’t believe the occupational therapists had me up and walking later that same day!

During my week and a half long stay at the hospital, everyone from the doctors, to the nurses, to even the housekeeping staff treated me like a king. They were very attentive to my needs and were always kind and reassuring to my family and friends who frequented my hospital room.

I couldn’t be more grateful to Dr. Cusnir, Dr. Rego and the staff at Florida Medical Center for saving my life. Thanks to them, I’ll have another chance to sing a song with the piano man, only this time, healthy and pain-free.

This testimonial reflects results achieved by this patient. Each case must be independently evaluated and managed.

After the procedure, I felt surprisingly good. In fact, I was able to go home the very next day. Two days after the surgery I was cleared to be back in the gym working out my upper body. Four days after surgery I was back at work and feeling great!

I am very appreciative to have benefited from a physician and a hospital who are both committed to ensuring patients like me have access to the latest technology for treatment of a cardiac condition like mine.

Thank you Dr. Cusnir and the caring staff at Florida Medical Center for helping me continue to run, lift and bench press my way through life. I am 71, but I look and feel 20 years younger! As I often think to myself while lifting weights, “The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow.”

This testimonial reflects results achieved by this patient. Each case must be independently evaluated and managed.

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