At age 52, everything was going as planned. Family, career, health - all thriving. Knowing his family history of heart disease, Tim applied the same due diligence to his health that had brought him success in life. Daily 6-mile runs, diet restrictions and cholesterol medication were all working in his favor. Until his heart attack.
Julie didn't worry excessively about her irregular heart rhythms. She'd had them since her 20's with no affect on her daily life, which was busy with family, work, hobbies. Her favorite spot was her garden. That is, until intense episodes of SVT kept her too weak to visit this once nurturing retreat.
From the time he was a young man, Bob wanted to help others. First a marine. Then a working professional and active community volunteer. Then retired, finally free to embrace civic duty. But his good heart began to fail. The community was losing a good samaritan to heart disease.
Rex knew he had cardiomyopathy. He had been diagnosed five years before by his Atlanta-based cardiologist. He was taking medication and was symptom free. When he and his wife moved to Lexington, he began seeing Martha Jefferson cardiologist Dr. Chris Friend. At their first visit, Dr. Friend recommended a procedure that would later prove to save Rex's life.
Knowing his family history meant Wayne could beat it. He was doing all the right things. Running, watching his blood pressure and cholesterol. He even completed a cardiac exercise test, which he passed with flying colors. A year later, Wayne underwent a new cardiac procedure. What happened next shocked him.