The heart of the matter: advice to take to heart

The article on Guin’s Mayor Phil Segraves on April 26, in the Journal Record was a reminder of my awakening back in 2014. The mayor’s description of his heart events reminded me of my heart attacks. After three mornings of the chest pain that went away after heavy breathing the first two mornings, the pain went away.
But on the third day, the pain did not go away, no matter what I did. My condition, according to the EMTs, resulted in my first two ambulance rides on that day. The local hospital saw me and transferred me to a facility that could handle heart attacks. I had three stints placed into my heart the next day.
After my discharge, I had two months of physical therapy. It was a battle to get back to what I called normal. I told the physical therapist that I would be playing golf in a month. He laughed and said that it was good to have a goal. But take it one step at a time.
The advice from the mayor is sound advice. Better to be safe than sorry...or dead. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I could say listen to your body’s messages. I do now.  Don’t let your pride of your age convince you it will pass. It may not!

Troy Reed
Hamilton, Ala.


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