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n the fall of 1997, I began to experience dizziness. After being evaluated by my primary care physician, I was diagnosed with motion sickness and given medication. A few weeks later, I began to have shortness of breath in addition to the dizziness. It became a struggle each day to walk up the stairs each morning to my office at work.
One night as I slept, I was awaken with extreme shortness of breath. My wife who is a registered nurse made an appointment for me to see my doctor the next day. I was referred to a cardiologist and diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. On October 13, 1998 while hospitalized I coded with flash pulmonary edema and was on life support for several days.
During this hospital stay, I was evaluated for a heart transplant and placed on the transplant list.
In August of 1999, my heart condition worsen. An LVAD was implanted on August 3, 1999. On June 12, 2000, I received a heart transplant. Six months later, I was able to return to work. On July 31, 2011, I retired after 35 years as an educator 26 of those years with the Houston Independent School District.
Baylor St. Luke's Performs Multiple Successful Transplants in the Same Patient
In the fall of 1997, John Guidry knew that his dizziness and shortness of breath were due to more than the everyday stress of being principal in a busy Houston high school. At Baylor St. Luke’s John was told he was in heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition which was causing his heart to pump at only 20 percent. Over the next few years, John received an LVAD and was placed on the heart transplant waiting list.