Menorah Medical Center May 21, 2013

Eric Matt, heart patient at Menorah Medical Center

An Overland Park, Kan., man is lucky to be alive after suffering a massive heart attack. Tuesday at Menorah Medical Center he got to thank the first responders and medical personnel that helped save his life.

Eric Matt had just finished a half marathon in April of 2012 when he started having symptoms. His left anterior descending artery — often called the widow maker – ruptured and his heart stopped.

Cardiologist Dr. Paul Nager said the odds are one in 189,000 to suffer a heart attack toward the end of a marathon or half marathon. He says advancements in technology and getting medical attention in the field and early is key to survival.

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