holiday in 1991 — the doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center performed an angioplasty and atherectomy. I was 35
years old, and they said they had never done that procedure on
someone so young. And it did the trick for almost a decade, until
I blocked again in 2000 while running. That was my sixth cardiac
event, and my sixth procedure was a triple bypass.
The result — I am on statin drugs and blood pressure
medicine, but thanks to some great support from my family
and my doctor, along with some smarter eating and exercise,
I have been pain free for over 15 years. My wife and I decided
to write a book on the subject — called “Whole Heartedly —
Heart disease is something that you do not cure, but control.
You have to be aware that this is something that will be with
you for the rest of your life. If you come to that realization, and
work to control the disease, you can live a long and prosperous
life. I run, spend time with my children and my wife and know
that they were the ones that helped me through this nightmare.
They are the ones who are always there. Take advantage of
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I’M PAUL GEORGE
WHEN I WAS SIX
MY MOM HAD A STROKE
NBA All-Star Paul George
7” x 4 7/8”
Face drooping Arm weakness Speech difficulty Time to call 911
Learn the signs of a stroke F. A.S. T.
For Pete’s sake, there was
no way I was REALLY sick.
Right? I shook the pain off
as if it were a muscle sprain.
Survivor Chrs Greco with his wife Kathy and daughters Kata and Sara