Heart attack at 44

Most people hear heart attack and automatically think older or elderly, but they're happening to younger and younger people everyday.

Symptoms are often dismissed for gas, decongestion, or heart burn but can turn into a serious matter very quick. Just ask Tyrone Darrian, he says a burning sensation in his chest quickly turned into a scary situation.

Tyrone tells us, "Growing up I’ve always been healthy, a heart attack is the last thing that I ever thought that I'd be dealing with at this time in my life. It's nothing to take for granted, and you need to take it in a serious way, because life is just what it is, you're either alive or dead."

Tyrone suffered a heart attack in January. He was overweight, smoked on and off and was taking blood pressure medicine. His family history didn't help either, his father died of a heart attack. Now he's exercising, eating healthy and has quit smoking with the help of programs at University Hospital.

Recent statistics show African Americans are dying of heart disease and heart attacks in their 30's and 40's.
So age doesn't matter in all cases.


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