Cham Norman, Jr.
Before the Attack: Nonsmoker, no family history
In July 2005, Cham Norman, Jr., a district vice president for the YMCA, had a mild heart attack. He felt ill on a Friday night and was uncomfortable all weekend. It wasn’t until Monday morning at work that he decided to drive himself to the hospital. His blood work indicated a heart attack. After an arteriogram showed five blockages, Cham had bypass surgery—a surprise for the nonsmoker with no family history of heart disease. He recently celebrated his 5-year anniversary with good reports from his stress tests and is currently taking a statin for cholesterol and an aspirin daily.
Before the Attack: Former avid runner, lots of fried foods
Seventeen years ago, Jim Angelichio suffered a heart attack at age 45. He had been an avid runner (including marathons) for 12 years before “getting out of the habit” after a career move to another state. At the time of his attack, his sole exercise was walking the dog. Jim, a project manager for a large engineering firm, had an angioplasty with no stint. He is currently taking a statin for cholesterol and an ace inhibitor for blood pressure and heart rate. We talk with the married father of two about life after his attack.