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Heart Attack Survivor Has Chance to Thank First Responders

Menorah Medical Center May 21, 2013

Eric Matt, heart patient at Menorah Medical Center

An Overland Park, Kan., man is lucky to be alive after suffering a massive heart attack. Tuesday at Menorah Medical Center he got to thank the first responders and medical personnel that helped save his life.

Eric Matt had just finished a half marathon in April of 2012 when he started having symptoms. His left anterior descending artery — often called the widow maker – ruptured and his heart stopped.

Cardiologist Dr. Paul Nager said the odds are one in 189,000 to suffer a heart attack toward the end of a marathon or half marathon. He says advancements in technology and getting medical attention in the field and early is key to survival.

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