Survivor Stories - Heart Attack? Trust 911


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This campaign was made possible through the generous support of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas.

To help support the Don’t Die of Doubt initiative and learn about the matching grant from the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas, please contact Robby Goodman.  

Please contact Erika Anderson Morris to learn more about Don’t Die of Doubt including: 

  • volunteer opportunities, 
  • media interviews,  
  • benchmarks and outcomes. 

Survivor Stories

Every heart attack survivor has a story to tell. The doubts, the symptoms and the treatment they experienced compose powerful individual stories right from their hearts. They share these stories so that others may learn and benefit from their experiences – and seek care as early as possible by calling 911.

We welcome your stories.

The American Heart Association wants to create a community of heart attack survivors who shared their stories so others can benefit from the actions taken and the lessons learned. Please considering joining our effort and share your story with us. Submit your story – what happened and the actions you took – regarding your heart attack to Erika Morris.  Please include your personal contact information and we will contact you before adding your story to the community of heart attack survivors


James Reed
Dallas, Texas

Sandie Goodwin
Dallas, Texas
Monty Griffin
Dallas, Texas

Angela DeChurch
Dallas, Texas

Edwin Woyewodzic
Dallas, Texas

Bill Mattingly
Dallas, Texas

Sue Mitchell
Dallas, Texas



Meet Robert S. from Azle, Texas. Heart attack survivor.
Robert was at his home in January of 2015 when he began experiencing severe chest pain. “Something told me this was different and I better get help” he said. Robert was home alone in his apartment so he walked to his apartment manager’s office and asked her to call 911 right away. The Azle Fire Department arrived within a few minutes to Robert’s side and immediately began assessing his condition. Robert’s heart rate and blood pressure had dropped significantly so he doesn’t remember much after the EMT’s arrived other than what he called a “relieved feeling” knowing he was in good hands. 
The paramedics performed a 12-lead ECG on Robert and quickly determined he was having a STEMI (the most severe) heart attack. Thanks to their quick recognition and the ability to activate the cath lab while still en-route to Plaza Medical Center, the EMT’s were able to transport Robert directly from the ambulance to the cath lab where medical intervention takes place without delay. In fact, Robert’s blocked vessel was opened within 80 minutes from the onset of his first symptom resulting in no significant damage to his heart. 
When asked what he would tell his friends and family if they thought they might be having a heart attack, Robert says, “Definitely call 911. If it wasn’t for that team of people, I wouldn’t be here today!”