James's Story: Managing the Unexpected
Like most men in their late 30s and early 40s, James Leaver is paying greater attention to his health these days. He bought a treadmill (and is using it), he swapped cookies for carrot sticks as his go-to late-night snack (most of the time), and is trying not to sweat the small stuff.
Most men implement lifestyle changes like these to help fend off an array of mid-life maladies, but for Leaver the reasons were much more immediate. Instead of trying to avoid illness, he was trying to recover from one. Last February, Leaver suffered a massive heart attack after a plaque ruptured in the main artery of his heart, completely blocking the vessel referred to by physicians as the widow-maker.
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