Heart at­tack sur­vivor sup­ports ap­peal week

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

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."

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The Heart Foun­da­tion is hold­ing its ap­peal on Fe­bru­ary 19.

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