Mayor on heart health: Don't ignore warning signs

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Updated: 5/01/2013 11:08 am
The City of Lubbock went through quite the shock when Mayor Glen Robertson was suddenly hospitalized earlier this year.

To his surprise, Robertson had serious cardiac troubles. He said the discovery started with a gut feeling.

"And I told my wife toward the end of December, 'Something is not right. See if you can make an appointment with the cardiologist,'" Robertson recalls.

After an EKG, he learned he had had a significant heart attack without even knowing it. The doctor ordered an angiogram that same day.

"It all happened so fast," he said.

He ended up undergoing a triple bypass surgery.

"The next thing I know, I wake up the next morning with my arms tied down and a ventilator in."

The ordeal came as quite the shock.

"I don't smoke. I don't drink. I tend to eat healthy. And I've always been one to exercise."
    
He learned his heart disease was most likely due to rheumatoid arthritis medications but also a significant family history.

"And I thought that because I was in reasonably good health that I could ignore that family history. I shouldn't have."

The mayor now follows an altered medication regimen and undergoes cardio rehab on a regular basis.

"I actually feel better today than I have in two or three years." 

As an honoree of this year's Lubbock Heart Ball, Robertson's core message is knowing your warning signs.

"If there's one person out there that's got a family history that's stayed away from the doctor for ten years like I did, then all of this will be worth it."

The Lubbock Heart Ball is set for May 18 at the Lubbock Country Club.
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