I’m a cardiologist and I had a heart attack

I’m a cardiologist and I had a heart attack


When I had my heart attack I was 63 and before that happened my health was awesome as far as I was concerned. First of all, I’m a doctor. I’m a cardiologist and a cardiologist don’t do a lot of sitting at work. We are on our feet all the time I’m fortunate in
that I have a very active job and then on top of that I exercise all the time
I have four years. So that was where I was on January 22nd of 2018 I was feeling great in fact I was on vacation. I was going to read and run some errands
but my wife was going to exercise about nine o’clock in the morning and she says
hey you wanna go with me I said sure and she was with her personal trainer doing
her thing and I really was just kind of messing around. I really wasn’t doing my
usual workout. I was on the Stairmaster But I wasn’t kicking it by any means I
was – in fact I had just kind of started. The symptoms came on initially in a mild
way it didn’t just hit me boom in one second. But I started it was chest
discomfort and it wasn’t a sharp discomfort. It wasn’t like a knife or anything like that. it was just a kind of an uncomfortable
oppressive pressing discomfort and of course you would think that I would know
what this is and of course I did, but not for about 30 or 60 seconds. For the amount of exercise I was doing
I was dripping wet and you know to the point where your shirts you know where people can see how much you’re sweating. I was in denial. I was trying to talk myself out of this and say this isn’t happening.
This can’t be happening to me. I mean, I’m a cardiologist. This doesn’t happen to cardiologists. I mean if you have a pain somewhere like you jam your finger or you break your ankle or you hit your head, I mean that hurts that’s a pain but you don’t have this overwhelming sense of doom. It’s very common when somebody’s having a heart attack, they have to go to the bathroom
really bad. It’s part of the whole nervous system thing with a heart attack that’s activated. And so sure enough I had to go to the bathroom at the gym and I just was… I prayed. And so then I went up to my wife and she said she went through all the things in my life that I’ve had wrong with me. She goes your shoulder? I said no, it’s not my shoulder. I’m having a heart attack. And she said… I mean it was awesome. She just she took care of business she says let’s go. Of course I’m used to call the emergency
room telling them that I’ve got a patient with a heart attack or I’ve got
this you know but I’ve never called the emergency room and said I’m having a
heart attack and by the time I got to the emergency room pulled it up I mean
it you know they were already I mean you know it was people were kind of in a
little bit of as much amazement as I was because I’m not probably the person that
they expected to have a heart attack. The key is for treating a heart attack
is getting to the hospital as quickly as you can and then once you’re there then the cardiology team and the hospital team will take it from there and they really move. I do caths every day on people now who have the exact same thing I had. Every breath I realized that I am very fortunate. It could have been –
it could have gone a totally different way, and I’m lucky to be alive. I believe in God and I believe that my partners at the Heart Institute not only the doctors
but the cath lab staff and the nursing staff in the emergency room everything
went just like clockwork and all the nurses that took care of me afterwards
up on the Heart Institute floor… I just have a tremendous amount of gratitude to
all them because they everybody was just awesome. I couldn’t have had better care.