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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Encourages Participation in Annual Heart Walk
09/04/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Last year, 57-year-old Don Davis came extremely close to celebrating his nephew’s birthday for the last time. On July 24, 2011, Davis collapsed to the floor inside an Arlington restaurant.

Don Davis, pictured with his wife, Angela, suffered a heart attack in July 2011.
Don Davis, pictured with his wife, Angela, suffered a heart attack in July 2011.

“They told me I suffered from a widow-maker heart attack and that most people rarely leave the hospital alive after suffering from one,” Davis said. “If they do, they usually have debilitating issues in regards to their quality of life.”

Statistics show that 90 percent of individuals suffering from this type of heart attack die. Davis, who plans to participate in the upcoming American Heart Association’s Heart Walk event, credits those at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital for helping save his life.

Texas Health Arlington Memorial is helping fight heart disease and stroke by encouraging participation in the annual Tarrant County Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Many of the hospital’s employees are joining in the walk.

After Davis’ heart attack, his left coronary artery was completely clogged. “God definitely got me through it, but when I got to the hospital, they did a cardiac catheterization, figured out the problem and put in three stints, along with a defibrillator.”

Four days later, Davis, an 18-year employee of Texas Health Resources, was released from Texas Health Arlington Memorial. “If it had not been for the fast and efficient actions of so many people, I wouldn’t be here today. I still remember the names and faces of all the physicians, emergency department staff, even the woman who gave me CPR at the restaurant before the paramedics rushed me to the hospital.”

Now 65 pounds lighter, Davis can only describe his brush with death as life-changing. “It’s a blessing that I’m still here today. I definitely practice a healthier lifestyle. I have a testimony, and I share my story whenever I can, because my experience might help save the life of someone else needing to make a change for the better.”

Like Davis, those at Texas Health Arlington Memorial realize the importance of participating in the annual heart walk. This year, the hospital’s goal is to raise $30,000 to help fund heart disease research and education in the Tarrant County area.

“It’s a worthy event that supports our philosophy of keeping people healthy through prevention, education and addressing the overall well-being of individuals,” said Kirk King, hospital president.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m., immediately followed by a three-mile, non-competitive walk.

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 369-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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