On The Move After A Heart Attack

On The Move After A Heart Attack


Welcome to Living Healthy
Chicago, I’m Jane Manzures. You know, we talk a
lot about the benefits of staying on the move
and sometimes do that, you have to overcome
some big health hurdles. But don’t let those
hurdles stop you. That’s the motto
of this marathoner who says determination
helped him get moving again after suffering a heart attack. (lyrical piano music) – [Jane] Jose Nebrida
has an addiction. – It gives you a, you
know, what they call a high and then at the same time
it makes you feel good. – [Jane] But it’s
not drugs or alcohol. His high comes from exercise. – [Jose] The
biggest medal I got. I love running. I really do, I love running. It’s just wonderful
to finish it. It’s a feeling of
accomplishment. Became a positive
addiction so you felt that, hey if I can run one
I can run another one. It was a craving. – [Jane] Jose would go
on to run 177 marathons. But he hit a speed
bump along the way. Just after a marathon
in Oklahoma City, Jose began to feel unwell. – I was getting nauseous
and having some blackouts. I felt so, kind of, really weak and I thought it was
just the marathon thing but they called the
ambulance for me and they took me to the
small, community hospital. I asked the doctor, I said,
“What’s wrong with me?” And he said, “You
had a heart attack.” (knocking) – Hello, how are you doin’? – [Jose] Fine,
thank you very much. – A heart attack
occurs when there’s a pre-existing degree of
blockage within an artery. It can lead to
obstruction of blood flow and if the blood flow trying
to go through the pipe or through the
artery is not able to get to its end destination which is the muscle, the muscle
will suffer lack of oxygen. And as that process carries
on every minute counts. The muscle can start
to suffer severe damage and if it goes on for too long it can be irreversible damage. – [Jane] Jose was
taken in for surgery. – They perform a triple bypass because 95% of my left
artery was blocked and then 85% of my right
arteries were blocked. Two of them. It was scary. It was real scary. – [Jane] To help Jose recover doctors had him
complete cardiac rehab. – Cardiac rehab is a
very important part of the healing process. – It’s a huge lifestyle change that you learn
while you’re here. Really the biggest thing
is to have them back to the activities
they were doing before by strengthening
not only their heart but strengthening their
bones, their muscles. – Once you complete the
cardiac rehab program, there’s options to
continue medical fitness. It’s very important
to reduce the chance of having another cardiac
event such as a heart attack. – [Jane] And that’s
just what Jose did. Committing to regular exercise. – Now I do a lot of walking. I’m doing now half a mile. My aim at the moment is
to do a mile on the track. And then I do a bit of
dumbbells, you know, for muscle toning. – He’s doing great, he works
hard every day that he comes. He’s always the most
positive person. – [Steve] Once you
have heart disease or had a heart attack there
is lots of hope out there. If we can really focus
on disease prevention and making sure
exercising regularly you can have a
normal, healthy life if you stick to the things that are gonna reduce your risk. – [Jane] Jose now hopes to
be an inspiration to others to get active and start moving whether they’ve struggled
with heart health or not. – It makes you feel alive. It makes you feel
good about yourself. Keep on moving as they say. – Oh, it’s great to see
Jose living a healthy life.