Heart attacks sometimes strike couples - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/10/09

Heart attacks sometimes strike couples

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Texas couple is in rehab after suffering heart attacks on the same day! First, Jim Russell was rushed to the emergency room at Arlington Memorial Hospital.  Then, while in the waiting room, his wife Priscilla collapsed from the same thing. 

There are no statistics on how often longtime spouses have heart attacks right after each other.  However, Dr. Richard Wray, a cardiologist says that he doesn't think it's unusual.  In fact, he says 15 other couples are in that same rehab center right now.

The lesson in this, Dr. Wray says, is to make lifestyle changes together, to reduce your risk factors for heart disease as a couple.

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