Cham­ber boss in heart at­tack scare

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Zoe Keenan

It was a nor­mal work day for Glen Whistler-Carr on Fri­day, Au­gust 4, when he started to ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere chest pains that he later dis­cov­ered was a heart at­tack.

The Mid West Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive was walk­ing along Ma­rine Ter­race when he thought he might be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heart burn or in­di­ges­tion.

“I drove home and had a lay down for about an hour and then I couldn’t get com­fort­able and couldn’t stop this pain in my chest,” he said.

Still not know­ing what it was, Mr Whistler-Carr headed to the cham­ber’s law lunch but soon thought it’d be best to go to hos­pi­tal.

“The emer­gency de­part­ment went into full swing,” he said.

“They knew what it was straight away.

“I had a full (ST-seg­ment el­e­ment my­ocar­dial in­farc­tion) heart at­tack caused by a blood clot which may have been caused by an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat.

“The ser­vice that I got at the re­gional hos­pi­tal was sec­ond-tonone. They were ef­fi­cient, fast and they im­me­di­ately had me be­ing trans­ferred to Char­lie Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal.”

Mr Whistler-Carr stayed in Perth for a week for two op­er­a­tions with a lo­cal anaes­thetic, to ap­ply four stents.

He will con­tinue go­ing back to see a car­di­ol­o­gist in the weeks ahead.

Mr Whistler-Carr said if peo­ple had chest pains to head straight to the hos­pi­tal.

“I cer­tainly didn’t know what a heart at­tack was meant to look like,” he said.

“The symp­toms for each per­son are dif­fer­ent but if you feel con­stricted in your chest, my ad­vice is that you go straight to the hos­pi­tal. “Time is of the essence in a quick re­cov­ery and in pre­serv­ing dam­age caused to the heart mus­cles.”

Mr Whistler-Carr said he had a pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion which was a con­trib­u­tor but he would be look­ing at his life­style to give him­self the best re­cov­ery.

“Once you’ve had one you are sus­cep­ti­ble to fur­ther heart at­tacks, but life car­ries on and peo­ple some­times need to eval­u­ate and this gives you the op­por­tu­nity to do that,” he said.

“Life­style, stress lev­els and maybe a bad work-life bal­ance can con­trib­ute.

“It’s a mat­ter of stay­ing ac­tive, watch­ing how much meat is con­sumed and adopt­ing a more Mediter­ranean diet.

“We’re lucky in the Mid West we have fabulous olives, great olive oils, fresh pro­duce and fruits and veg­eta­bles in abun­dance.”

Thrilled to be back in Ger­ald­ton serv­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity, happy and healthy, Mr WhistlerCarr thanked ev­ery­one for the sup­port he re­ceived.

“Thank you to all that have sent lovely get well mes­sages,” he said.

“Con­sid­er­ing I’ve only been here a year, the amount of sup­port I’ve had I’m very grate­ful for and hum­bled.”

Mid West Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive Glen Whistler-Carr is back at work af­ter a heart at­tack.

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