Heart Attack – Kirk’s Story

Heart Attack – Kirk’s Story


[music]>>KIRK: It was April 9, 2016 I had just done an early season ride. Got out of the shower, just wasn’t quite feeling
100 percent. Felt a little numbness in my left arm. My wife comes upstairs, she takes one look
at me and she knows something is wrong and she says she’s going to call 9-1-1. We get into the ambulance and it went from ‘we think you need to go
in.’ to ‘you’re going straight to Maine Med.’ We roll right through the emergency room right up into the cardiac cath lab. They put in a stent, take out a blood clot. The most amazing thing is, from my wife calling
9-1-1 to me being in recovery was about 90 minutes. And I think that’s one of the keys for me making a good recovery. I wanted to be back and be as active as I had been before I had my heart attack. And it was great that I had a personalized
program with the folks at Turning Point where they understood what I wanted to achieve. We developed a program, a combination of diet and exercise, and me being confident in what
I was able to do. And it was that team environment, always knowing they were there for me. I did the Trek Across Maine this year and the guys I’ve ridden with for years struggled to keep up with me on the hills
this time. It’s hard to believe, but having a heart attack at 49 was probably the best thing to ever happen to my long term health, because now I know what I need to do and I’m dedicated to doing it. [music]