"Saturday April 28 was opening day for trout season as well as opening day for Glen Haffy fly fishing club in Caledon East.
My buddy Jim rode up with me. My brother drove up with his buddy. We got there at 9 and had a great day fishing: I got 2 browns, 11 rainbows and 1 speck. Tim got 30 rainbows and Jim, who was fly fishing for the very first time, got 8 rainbows.
Around 2pm we stopped to eat the sandwiches Iíd made. By 2:30 we were fishing again.
My back started to hurt just below the shoulder blades, then my chest. I thought it was indigestion. But I couldnít get comfortable. It felt like I had a giant band around my upper body that was getting tighter and tighter. I started to feel panicky and got very nauseated. I hadnít told anyone anything yet, I just walked back to my car, alone, to sit down.
Sitting down didnít help. When Jim came over to get a beer I told him I felt terrible and wanted to leave. Jim drove and we headed for home. Soon my left arm began to hurt and I described all my symptoms to Jim. Jim is a retired fireman and he knew what was happening. He said he was taking me right to the hospital.
A few tests confirmed that I'd had a very minor heart attack. On Monday I was sent to Trillium where they did an angiogram. One small artery at the end of a long branch was blocked 100%, but they couldn't do anything for that. One artery was blocked 80% and they put a stent in it. Two arteries were blocked 60% and will have to be 'managed' going forward.
I was sent back to Oakville Hospital, and was released today.Total time: 4 days! For now I rest, and in a couple of months I start cardio rehab.
My advice: if you feel any of the heart attack warning signs you've heard about, do not delay, call 911 and get to a hospital!
And it shows how much family history matters! My brother died at 56 from a heart attack. My other brother had his first heart attack at age 45, and full cardiac arrest last May at age 59, and now me at age 61".