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February 27, 2014

Camanche man on the rebound

This is the fifth and final story of the Clinton Herald's series to commemorate American Heart Month.

CLINTON On April 6, Todd Boyer died for almost a minute.

The 44-year-old Camanche man never expected he could have a heart attack at his age, much less two in the same day. However, it is exactly what occurred on that April day.

When Boyer left his Camanche home that day to go to the Riverside Casino with his buddies, he did not have any of the symptoms people typically associate with a heart attack. Throughout the day, he had no chest pains or tingling in his left arm. He did feel like he might be getting a cold and lunch did not appeal to him at all.

"I was actually having the heart attack all day," Todd said.

After they gambled a while, he drove the group back to Clinton. After he dropped everyone off, he returned to his home.

"As I walked through the door it just felt like somebody had dumped buckets and buckets of water on me. I was just sweating profusely," he said. "No chest pains, nothing like that. No symptoms, except maybe my teeth and my jawline hurt a little bit."

The Camanche ambulance quickly arrived; emergency personnel assessed the situation and gave him some nitroglycerin. The emergency responders called ahead to Mercy Medical Center North's emergency room to have staff waiting.

"On the way to the hospital, I was making a lot of deals with the man upstairs," Boyer said. "We're not a religious family, but when something like that happens, you try whatever you can do to make sure you see the next day."

Once at the hospital, Dr. Ali Albaghdadi and his staff put three stents into his heart, going through his groin area. After the procedure, he was taken to a room to rest.

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