“I thought I should check things out,” said Lambert, 59, of Henderson. “I just felt like something wasn’t right. I knew I shouldn’t get out of breath so easily.”
Lambert went to see Duke cardiologist Dr. Melissa Daubert, MD, who ordered a stress test. The results were concerning, so Daubert followed up with a catheterization. The procedure showed significant blockages in Lambert’s three major coronary arteries. She underwent triple heart bypass surgery on April 19.
Less than two months later, on June 5, 2013, Lambert danced at her daughter’s wedding.
“It is impossible to say with 100 percent certainty Suzanne would have had a heart attack, but she was certainly at increased risk for one,” Daubert said. “Her coronary artery disease put her at risk not only for a heart attack but also for reduced cardiac function and possibly heart failure. Undergoing bypass surgery helped to circumvent those blockages and make sure her heart got the blood and oxygen it needed to continue to function properly.”