Feb 20, 2014 7:40 PM by Annie Snead
February is American Heart Month. We spoke to a local man who survived a heart attack about his experience.
Michael Dunn and his wife Stacey were working out at the gym when it happened.
"I dropped, I just dropped dead, right there," said Dunn.
At 55 years old with no warning, he had a heart attack.
"I thought I was doing pretty good, in the gym you know. I was working out every day and feeling really good," said Dunn.
"Fortunately, there was a doctor that I was supposed to see, for a colonoscopy in a couple days right behind us on a treadmill," he said.
That doctor, along with gym staff started working to keep dunn alive.
"According to the ambulance driver I hold the record for most drugs and most shocks in his ride," he added.
He was taken to Memorial Hospital where he remained in an induced coma for days.
Cardiologist - Dr. David Greenberg says heart disease is a preventable problem.
"I've lived, personally a whole different life than my father, he died at age 62 of a heart attack and everything he did, I did the opposite and that's why I've lived longer and healthier than he did," said Dr. Greenberg.
He says you really can prolong your life and reduce your risk of having a heart attack to 5 percent by following the simple seven:
"Eating smart, having a normal weight, not smoking, not having diabetes, exercising on a regular basis 3-4 times a week, having a normal blood pressure, and having a normal cholesterol well within the guidelines," said Dr. Greenberg.
For Dunn, he says it's changed the way he looks at things and the way he lives his life.
"I can't thank everybody enough for what they did, they all preform miracles as far as I'm concerned,"
Dr. Greenberg adds don't waste any time if you feel pain, the earlier you get to the emergency room, the less likely you'll have damage to your heart muscle if you do have a heart attack.