David’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “Surviving changed everything”

David’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “Surviving changed everything”

I woke up and I had a really severe indigestion and I was having this severe pain in my shoulder. Tammy said "That's not normal." And so she took me to the emergency room. The next thing I remember was waking up in the intensive care unit and they said, "We're going to have to send you to another hospital by helicopter to have open heart surgery." My words were weak, vulnerable, afraid and dependent. I feel very confident in being an independent person. My experience took all of that away. I was completely dependent on Tammy. I was so weak that I couldn't walk to the end of the block. It was very scary.
I think my survivor is the other half of me, our providers, so smart he makes me laugh, our planner, the one who makes our world go round and so fun to do things with. After his experience, we decided that we weren't going to live that way ever again. We decided that I was going to quit my job and devote 100% of my time just making our family less chaotic and just to get healthier.
I am so grateful that I've got a great family and I've got a great wife. The future is wide open where I thought that this was a death sentence. I really feel like there's a purpose for me to have survived this. If I can say something to somebody that they can change one thing in their life, then it's all worth it.

David’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “Surviving changed everything”

After surviving his heart attack, David felt vulnerable and dependent on his wife, Tammy. Through Survivors Have Heart, David was not only able to share his experience and learn from other heart attack survivors, he was also able to hear how Tammy felt about his condition.

Watch David’s perception of himself completely transform as he listens to his wife talk about his cardiac event.

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