Paul McClean's Story

Dr. Paul McLean's Heart Story

Paul McLean, PhD

From classroom instructor to high school administrator to adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University, Paul McClean has valued teaching and learning all his life. But beginning in late December of 2015 this Denbigh resident encountered a different vocabulary and a whole new area of education, and it was all related to his heart.

"It was a memorable day. We had just bought a new car, my daughter and grandchildren along with my sister and her family had been visiting and the house was festive with Christmas decorations. Then it all changed in a moment. After everyone left and my wife and I were getting ready for bed, I had a severe heart attack caused by a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She called 911 and when the EMTs arrived they had to resuscitate me. I was originally taken to another hospital in the area, but when my family and I found out I'd need open heart surgery we chose to have the procedure done at Riverside and I was transported there. It definitely proved to be the right decision."

"Cardiothoracic surgeon Steven Scott, M.D., performed a triple bypass which was the first step in what is now shaping up to be a full recovery. We were very pleased with every aspect of the care and it was especially comforting to get such clear and helpful information, first about my progress in the hospital, and then about the follow-up care I'm now receiving. As I look forward to getting back to activities with my family and a return to teaching, I feel strongly that Riverside more than lived up to its reputation as the Peninsula's top heart hospital."

Patient's first-hand account has been minimally edited for clarity and to explain medical terminology.