PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images As I mentioned in my most recent column, I had a “cardiac incident” while camping with my 12-year-old son. It started as a burning in the center of my chest and a drenching cold sweat. At first, I told myself it was a panic attack or severe indigestion, but as it continued, I realized that something was seriously wrong. I woke my son, told him: “Get your clothes on. We’re going to the hospital.” By the time we got into the car, the symptoms were subsiding, but I have since been told that trying to drive myself, rather than calling 911, was an act of startling stupidity, especially with my son in the car. After a 45-minute drive, we arrived at the Emergency Room, where I got a blood test confirming I’d had a heart attack. Heart attacks happen when the “muscle” of your heart isn’t getting enough blood because one or more of the arteries has become blocked with plaque, which is a deposit that your blood leaves as it courses through your arteries. I soon received an angioplasty, a procedure usually conducted under sedation, where the cardiologist runs a tube with a camera up… Read full this story
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