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Paul Lombardo Shares His Story at WCA Strike Out Heart Disease Event

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Pictured seated from left to right: Connie Moore, WCA Hospital cardiology registered nurse; and Patricia McKinney, senior registered nurse, WCA Hospital 5D-Telemetry Unit. Standing left to right from WCA Heart Center, Laurie Bryerton, cardiac cath lab registered nurse, Marcia Sleigh, cardiology technician; Brenda Fitzgerald, cardiac rehab specialist; Megan D’Angelo, WCA director of development and event coordinator; J. Paul Lombardo, heart patient event advocate; Karen Watson, cardiology registered nurse, Kathy Hedstrand, emergency department patient registrar; Amy Roehrig, cardiology technician; and Lisa Davis, senior cardiac cath lab registered nurse.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, February 24, 2015)—J. Paul Lombardo, retired teacher and newspaper columnist for The Post-Journal, took center stage to share his heartfelt, real-life account after experiencing sudden chest pain, at the 2015 Strike Out Heart Disease event, presented by Medtronic, held on Sunday, February 21st.  The annual family and friend entertainment bowling event, held at the Jamestown Bowling Company on Foote Avenue, was aimed at taking action against heart disease and raising funds in support of the WCA Heart Center. 

Proceeds from the heart event will be used toward new heart monitors at the WCA Heart Center.

“I was petrified,” said Paul Lombardo who was treated for chest pain at the WCA Emergency Department and cared for by the WCA Heart Center catheterization and cardiac rehab teams.  “Everything happened so quickly.  It was an incredibly scary experience not only for me, but for my wife, kids and family.  Nevertheless, the countless nurses and doctors at WCA put me at ease rather quickly.   Today, I am well on the road to recovery and I have learned from my experience that I needed to make some lifestyle changes. I have changed my diet, lost some weight, and learned to pace myself.  I can’t say thanks enough to all of the people who helped me on the road to my speedy recovery from the emergency department doctors and nurses to the catheterization lab and cardiac rehab staff at the WCA Heart Center.  All of them are incredible. 

I wouldn’t be here today without the support from everyone involved in my care.  My appreciation also goes to Dr. Cirbus, who said at my last doctor’s visit that he did not need to see me for another six months.  It really feels amazing to receive this type of medical report.  Please continue to do the great work that you do.  You are so important to those of us going through such a scary experience and I am a testament of your great work.”

Brenda Fitzgerald, R.N., senior cardiac specialist at the WCA Heart Center, cautioned everyone in attendance at the event, that heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in the United States.  “Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in our country.  It is very important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart disease which are different for women than men.  If you are diagnosed with heart disease or experience sudden symptoms of a heart attack, please seek treatment immediately and follow the preventative measures of care so you can live a heart-healthy life.”

The Strike Out Heart Disease event was a scotch doubles bowling format.  More than 75 area residents as well as the Jamestown High School Bowling team joined the fight against heart disease, bowling with family, friends and co-workers and taking part in basket raffles, 50/50s and purchasing tribute hearts in memory or honor of someone they love affected by heart disease.  Special appreciation was extended by Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development, to presenting sponsor, Medtronic and area businesses who played a part in supporting the event including Jamestown Bowling Company, Brad Zimmer of DJ’s Unlimited, McKinney Stables, The Basket Company, JCC Total Fitness, Jamestown High School Bowling team and coach, Peggy Harris, Leopard Lady Jewels, Pepsi Beverages Company, Peterson’s Candies, Serta Mattress Company, WCA employees of the cardiac cath lab, cardiology, health information management, office of development and public relations departments, Buffalo Bills, Build A Bear, Delta Sonic, Erie Otters, Harley Davidson of Erie, Karen Watcon, Might Taco, Otterbox, Redbox, SkyZone, Stampin Up, Wheel of Fortune, Wendy’s, Southern Tier Express, Whiskey Hill Saloon, Y’ounique Danielle Loomis and Donna Eskelli.  The event planning committee for the 2015 event were, Megan D’Angelo, Dan Tota, Linda Johnson, Tammara L.C. Hodges, Brenda Fitzgerald, Toni DeAngelo, Lisa Davis, and Julie Davidson.  

First place Scotch doubles bowling winners were: Jamestown High School bowling team, Jeremy Becker and Chris Edens, with a score of 801!

To make a donation to WCA Hospital Heart Center in memory or honor of someone affected by heart disease, please contact Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or email megan.d’

About WCA Heart Center
The WCA Heart Center combines clinical expertise with the latest technology for diagnosis, treatment and recovery of heart (cardiovascular) disease and related disorders. We focus on prevention as well as emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, support, and education.  Personalized treatment and care at the WCA Heart Center includes angiography testing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization, cardiac intensive care unit, echocardiogram exams, EKGs, emergency care, exercise stress tests, holter monitor care, medical helicopter (Starflight), nuclear stress tests, pediatric cardiology care, and wellness and prevention education.  To learn more, go to or call WCA Heart Center, (716) 664-8137. For free education resources on ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, contact Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Community Health & Wellness Director at (716) 664-8677 or email

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