Quintuple Bypass Survivor Walks With IU Health

Jeff Hagen and Dr. Kenneth Stone

Jeff Hagen and Dr. Kenneth Stone

All About Heart

We all know the stereotypical image of a heart attack victim: Older, poorer diet, sedentary. But a long-time runner?

Jeff Hagen was out for a regular jog near his Lafayette home when he noticed his left arm start tingling. Concerned, Jeff drove himself to the hospital, where doctors told him he would need quintuple bypass surgery. His physicians prepared him for the possibility he might not make it through the surgery and that he should say his goodbyes to family members.

Thanks to the highly skilled physicians at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital, Jeff not only survived but is now back to doing what he loves – exercising and painting.

“I listened to my intuition and the doctors said following and listening to that little voice saved my life,” said Jeff, who has been running for more than 30 years. “They said most men don't listen to that voice and their outcome isn’t good.”

Paying it Forward

Jeff’s story just goes to show even the fittest among us can be the victim of a heart attack and that it’s still important to raise awareness of heart issues through events like the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk, scheduled this year for Sept. 15 in Indianapolis.

Jeff is paying it forward by walking with Team IU Health at the Heart Walk this weekend. The team is one of the largest at the event, bringing together 1,200 participants and raising roughly $30,000.

Proceeds from the Heart Walk go toward heart disease and cardiovascular research right here in Indy. To join the IU Health team click here.  For more information on the Indianapolis Heart Walk click here.

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