Nov 4
JayT , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

My Story. From Heart Attack Survivor To Marathoner.



On April 21, 2012, I had a heart attack, I was 51 years old at the time. Despite some family history of heart disease, being sedate and out of shape, pushing 250 pounds and a long-term (but at the time a "light") smoker, of course i never expected to have a heart attack. 

I was lucky. I had no prior symptoms, I simply woke up that Saturday morning and a few minutes later felt a "twinge" in my chest. It was strong enough to make me think, "What was that?" A few minutes later it happened again, and it started to concern me. My wife was out running errands, my teenage daughter was asleep. Another few minutes passed and suddenly I felt like I'd been kicked in the chest and I started sweating profusley. I knew something was horribly wrong. 

I called my wife. She immediately said, "Hang up, wake up Lauren and call 911." 

Less than 60 minutes later I was in the ER cardiac cath lab, getting a stent in my 100% blocked LAD. Two days later my cardio put another stent in a 95% blocked LCX artery. The docs told me if I'd waited 20 minutes to call 911 that I'd be dead.

Fast forward to today, 4.5 years later.  I've lost 60 pounds, and gotten myself into good enough shape to finish a full marathon on the 26 month anniversary of my heart attack. 

I still have heart issues. just before the three year anniversary of my heart attack, another stent was placed in a 90% blocked artery. This despite the weight loss and completing the marathon and several half-marathons. 

I've studied and read a LOT on heart disease. I'm in some Facebook support groups that have helped me tremendously, and those group members have said I've helped them as well. 

So I'm here to continue to learn, to share and to help others any way I can. 

Looking forward to being here! 

I haven't figured out how to put links in posts yet, but here are a couple that further explain my story.

Written a few days post heart attack:

The marathon, Part 1 (repeats some fo the above):

The marathon, Part 2 (running the race): 
1 Comment
  • AHAASAKatie
    Welcome to the Support Network! You have such an amazing story and we are glad you are here! There are sections of the site that allow you to post and link stories. If you want to investigate this section you will find many people to talk with. Best Katie
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