Heart attack survivor supports appeal week
One person supporting this year’s Heart Foundation Appeal is Matamata’s Eddie Davies, who counts himself lucky to be alive.
The 63-year-old truck driver might have dismissed the pesky ‘heart burn’ that woke him up one night in September last year if it wasn’t for the Heart Foundation’s heart attack awareness campaign he’d seen on TV that evening.
"If you or someone else experiences chest discomfort, nausea, sweating or shortness of breath, call 111 immediately," the Heart Foundation ad urged him just hours earlier.
Davies had been feeling tightness in his chest but never thought anything of it.
‘‘But then I woke up about 11pm that night with another case of ‘heart burn’ and I just said to my wife, ‘I think I’m having a heart attack.’’
When the paramedics arrived, they confirmed he was having a heart attack – and not the first.
‘‘The paramedic said I’d had five heart attacks over the previous week...The cardio surgeon told me that one or two more and I could have been dead.’’
"I was a smoker right up until 11pm on Monday 8th of September. No more though."
The Heart Foundation is holding its appeal on February 19.