P.E. teacher survives massive heart attack with lesson for students

P.E. teacher survives massive heart attack with lesson for students

August 16, 2019 1 By Bertrand Dibbert


2-SHANNON:AS AISD STUDENTS GO BACK TO CLASS NEXT WEEK– ONE P-E TEACHER HAS A LIFE-SAVING LESSON PLAN READY TO GO.IT’S BECAUSE HE SPENT THE SUMMER RECOVERING FROM A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK.2-ROBERT:DOCTORS SAY HE HAD A TYPE OF HEART ATTACK THAT STRIKES NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF PATIENTS.AND AS KXAN MEDICAL REPORTER GIGI BARNETT EXPLAINS – THERE ARE “SUBTLE SIGNS” NO ONE SHOULD IGNORE. DOCTORS TOOK THIS SCAN OF JUSTIN BALLOU’S HEART BACK IN MAY — MOMENTS AFTER HE HAD A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK.THE BLOCKAGE IN HIS VESSEL WAS SO LARGE DOCTORS SPOTTED IT RIGHT AWAY. IT’S CALLED A STEMI HEART ATTACK BECAUSE THEY ARE CLEARLY SEEN ON A SCAN.JUSTIN BALLOU: “I NEVER KNEW THAT WITH ME BEING IN SHAPE THAT I WOULD HAVE A HEART ATTACK.” OR THAT IT WOULD STRIKE DURING A HIGH-INTENSITY WORKOUT. STAFF MEMBERS AT HIS GYM QUICKLY JUMPED INTO ACTION.BALLOU: “I JUST DROPPED THE BAND AND I FELL BACK AND BLACKED OUT. I WAS GONE.” // “THEY GOT OUT THE AED MACHINE AND PUT THE PADS ON ME AND SHOCKED ME. AND, THAT’S WHEN I CAME BACK. THE 31-YEAR-OLD PE TEACHER SAYS THERE WERE SIGNS. BALLOU: “I WOULD GET SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SHARP PAIN IN MY CHEST. BUT I WOULD CALM DOWN, MOVE TO THE SIDE AND THEN IT WOULD GO AWAY.” DR. ROBERT WOZNIAK LED THE EMERGENCY TEAM THAT DAY. HE SAYS OF ALL THE HEART ATTACKS, STEMIS STRIKE ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF THE TIME AND PATIENTS USUALLY FEEL SYMPTOMS LONG BEFORE THEY HIT. WOZNIAK: “SOME OF THOSE SYMPTOMS COULD BE A DISCOMFORT ANYWHERE IN THEIR CHEST.” // “SOME DISCOMFORT THAT HAPPENS WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OR EMOTION SHOULD CAUSE YOU TO PAUSE.” GIGI: “AS A PE TEACHER, BALLOU IS REQUIRED TO KNOW CPR. HE’S EVEN TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT TO HIS STUDENTS. HE SAYS WHEN SCHOOL STARTS NEXT WEEK, HE’LL DRIVE THAT LESSON HOME WITH HIS OWN PERSONAL SURVIVAL STORY.” BALLOU: “I THINK THEY WOULD REALLY TAKE MY STORY SERIOUSLY.”AND USE THE LIFE- SAVING LESSON.GIGI BARNETT, KXAN NEWS. ROBERT:DOCTORS SAY STEMI HEART ATTACKS ARE THE MOST LETHAL BECAUSE THE ARTERY IS 100-PERCENT BLOCKED – CUTTING OFF BLOOD FLOW TO A