What Patients are Saying
Don Cyr visits with Rush Copley Cardiac Cath Lab team
members Alissa Steines, Crystal Parazaider and Vanessa
Ruble who cared for him while at Rush Copley.
Imagine being in the middle of a conversation with someone and then wake up a few moments later to find you have fallen to the floor. Don Cyr, 62, of Yorkville doesn’t have to imagine it. It has happened to him dozens of times over the past 15 years. Cyr fainted with no warning signs. Once he even fainted while he was driving.
Until recently, Cyr suffered from syncope – a temporary loss of consciousness and posture also known as fainting or passing out. After years of fainting spells and multiple medical tests, doctors couldn’t identify what was causing the episodes.
In late January 2017 after as series of several syncope episodes within a day, Cyr was taken to Rush Copley Emergency Center in Yorkville and then transferred to Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. While under monitoring at Rush-Copley, doctors were able to attribute the cause of his fainting episodes to the electrical part of his heart.
Cardiovascular-related syncope usually is sudden with little to no warning signs that an individual is about to faint. It is also difficult to test for, as it shows no signs unless the person is in the middle of an episode. Electrophysiologist Edward Lipman, M.D., who treated Cyr, said the history and frequency of his episodes is severe compared to most patients. To help reduce his episodes and maintain normal heart function, Dr. Lipman implanted a pacemaker in Cyr.
Since receiving his pacemaker Don Cyr hasn’t experienced a single syncope episode. While it is common for people to feel down or depressed after having a major medical procedure, it’s not the case for Cyr. He’s nothing but grateful for the care he received at Rush Copley and is looking forward to getting back on the golf course this summer.
Learn more about syncope at https://tinyurl.com/nyjpnjy.