Knowing the Signs of Heart Attack Can Save Your Life
The last thing Jason Ditzler ever expected was to have a heart attack. The healthy 38-year-old nurse, father and avid runner led a full and active life.
It was during one of his typical Sunday afternoon runs that Jason’s life changed forever.
“I just didn’t feel right,” he recalled, and texted his wife with an update and let her know he was returning home. Jason also called 911, as he quickly started experiencing classic symptoms of a heart attack:
- Discomfort in the chest and upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and lightheadedness
“It’s important to be aware of your body and know what to do if something happens,” recalled Jason, who credits the well-rounded care he received at The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health with where he is today—as active as before his heart attack and pursuing a new career.
Guided by The Heart Group team, Jason went to cardiac rehab, underwent genetic testing, and attended classes on diet and exercise.
“One of the biggest changes I made was going from a higher stress career into farming,” he said. “On an everyday basis, I’m grateful for the health that I have and the ability to be here with my family.”