Young Heart Attack Survivor: ‘Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs’

Young Heart Attack Survivor: ‘Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs’


Brad Lauer:I really started with a little shortness breath, a little tightness in my chest. I called my wife and she came and got me and took me immediately to the UConn Urgent Care clinic in Canton. Kate Lauer: I just was in disbelief—he’s 36— I didn’t think he would be having a heart attack. They got an ambulance there in no Time. Brad: The doctors from the cath lab met my ambulance outside, wheeled me right in, and got started. Dr. Jason Ryan: What happened to Brad was he had a blood clot form in one of the arteries in his heart and that artery was 100% blocked. Brad: They inserted two stents, at which point I immediately began to feel much better. Kate:It was amazing—the turnaround, how quick it was. Because of how quickly they acted he’s got 100% function, there’s no lasting heart damage at all. Dr. Ryan: Interestingly, it turns out Brad probably had diabetes and didn’t know it, and diabetes is one of the silent killers, like high blood pressure. Brad: Heart disease and diabetes both run in my family and being relatively young, being 36, you’re not looking out for the symptoms. Dr. Ryan: the best advice I have for young people like Brad is to get symptoms checked out. If you’re short of breath, if you have chest pain—even though you’re young and it’s less likely than someone older than you for it to be a heart condition just go get checked. Kate: I’m so happy he was brought here. This place has been great. Brad: I have an amazing family— wife and three kids—all of which need me to be around for a very long time. I’m very thankful that I get to do that, as a quick intervention by the doctors here have made that possible.