What Robin Groene thought was a typical winter day of shoveling snow ended up being much more than he bargained for.

In December of 2018, Robin and his wife Kathy were shoveling snow at their home in Howells when he started to feel a tightness in his chest. Because it wasn’t chest pain, Robin didn’t know how serious it was.

His wife decided it would be a good idea for him to go to the emergency room.

Once they arrived at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Robin had his blood drawn, had an electrocardiogram and an IV started.

Upon reviewing his blood work, Dr. Scott Green saw a rise in Robin’s troponin levels. Troponin is a protein that is found in the cardiac and skeletal muscles that is released when someone has experienced heart damage.

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