Take care of your heart

To the editor:

On Aug. 12, 2012, I died from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. That’s right, I really did die. I was dead for three to four minutes. I am alive today because of my wife’s quick thinking. Within 30 seconds she started CPR while dialing 911. It had to be scary for her.

I will tell you what she said happened. I had just come in from outside and told Rita Mae (my wife) that I was going to lay down on the sofa for a few minutes before supper. My friend, Bill called about that time. Rita said that I said hi and the phone went flying across the room. She said that she heard me call her name in an urgent voice. She got to the living room within 20 seconds and saw a dead man on the sofa. My lips were blue, I had no breath and no heartbeat. I had released my bodily fluids, so my shorts were wet and soiled.

I am so lucky that she is a tough lady. She started CPR at once and dialed 911. She then called our neighbor, Buck, to come and help her. She just kept pumping and pumping and pumping and finally got a thread pulse. The EMTs got there very fast, pulled me off to the floor and got the defibrillator on me. They loaded me up and worked on me some more and then off to the hospital. I spent 3 1/2 days on life support and woke up not knowing where I was or how I got there. I still don’t remember any of it. (A doctor) was called in from Ames and implanted a defibrillator in my chest. I am now OK but with limited capabilities.

I wanted to write this letter to thank everyone involved and to tell my sweet wife that I love her and to bring awareness to sudden cardiac arrest. It is so much different than a heart attack.

More than 1,000 people die every day from (sudden cardiac arrest). At the most, only five out of 100 survive a sudden cardiac arrest.

If you even think you have heart problems, please see your heart doctor.

Gary Winch

Fort Dodge