Heart attack survivor urges others to get checked out
WHEN Dick Wright suffered a massive heart attack, doctors said he wouldn't be going home.
They didn't expect him to survive, but he did.
Last month, 20 years after his first heart attack, Dick shared his 93rd birthday cake with wife Lin and cardiologist DrAlexander Incani at the CVC CardioVascular Clinics in the Sara Stella Medical Centre at St Stephen's in Hervey Bay.
Dr Incani is an interventional cardiologist with a special interest in all aspects of quaternary-level cardiac care including trans-catheter aortic valve insertion and complex high-risk angioplasty.
Dick, a retired Commonwealth meat inspector and Murgon cattle farmer, said meeting Dr Incani and his team was crucial in saving his life.
Lin said it was 1974 when Dick's heart attacks began, one after the other.
"The doctors put a pacemaker and monitor in him thinking that would work, but it didn't and when he had the massive heart attack they said, 'you're not going home'.
"Because he had cancer and he'd just been through all the chemotherapy and radiation, they didn't want to operate - fresh air and cancer don't mix. The cancer was not in remission but it was getting there.
"So, they asked if Dick would like to go on the new research team and that's when we were introduced to Dr Incani.
"We were living on the farm at Murgon but decided to move to Toogoom just before Christmas and discovered Dr Incani comes up to CVC Hervey Bay. What a godsend for this area."
"We don't have to travel all the way to Brisbane now," Dick said.
Dick and Lin are urging everyone to wear red this Valentine's Day to raise awareness about heart disease - Australia's single leading cause of death. According to the Australian Heart Foundation, cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.
"You can choose to wear red socks, decorate your work space, classroom or home red, don a red ribbon, draw hearts on your cheeks; it's entirely up to you how you wish to showcase Valentine's Day as the true day of saving and loving your heart," Lin said.