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Marc's Story

Marc was at a routine exam with his doctor, and she sent him for some tests when she noticed some irregularity with his thyroid. After a failed stress test, doctors performed an angioplasty. Marc's heart was very strong, but everything around it needed to be replaced. They scheduled open heart surgery for two weeks later.

Surgery repaired five blockages. After surgery, Marc went through cardiac rehab, "which put me back on a much healthier life – healthy eating, taking my medications." Most importantly, Marc is back to doing what he loves – playing with his grandchildren.

"My surgery was July 2nd 2005, and every year since then I call that my second birthday… I appreciate having my life back."


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