The president of the American Heart Association, a health group that fights for the heart health of millions of American, had a heart attack Monday in the midst of an annual health conference.
John Warner, MD, who also happens to be a well-seasoned cardiologist and the head of the University of Texas Southwestern University Hospitals, was immediately taken to a California hospital after the cardiac event. Doctors said he was in stable condition, but he required a stent at one of his arteries.
AHA confirmed the news in a prepared statement.
On Sunday, Warner delivered a speech for the AHA’s 2017 Scientific Sessions. He talked about the impact of heart disease on his family. Reportedly both his father and paternal grandfather needed heart surgery in their 60s while heart disease proved fatal for his maternal grandfather and great-grandfather.
Heart Disease a Growing Problem for Many American Families
Warner, 52, confessed that he realized heart disease was a problem for his family when his son was born. At the time, he realized that there were no old men left on his paternal or maternal family trees.
All the branches of our family tree cut short by cardiovascular disease,
Warner said one day before he had the heart attack.
He encouraged medics and researchers gathered at the conference to find ways to change that in other American families. Warner has been at the helm of AHA since July when he volunteered for the position. He accepted to serve as CEO in 2012, but much of his career has been focused on cardiology and performing the same procedure that probably saved his life earlier this week.
AHA’s CEO Nancy Brown unveiled that Warner told him that the incident can only reinforce what he said on Sunday He added that cardiac events can happen to anyone and anytime.
Image Source: AHA via Twitter
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