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Heart Disease Strikes Coach

Heart Disease Strikes Coach

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What is the number one killer of Americans?

It's heart disease.

Minot High School girls basketball coach Todd Magnuson is back at work after undergoing treatment for heart problems.

Carla Burbidge has his story --- as February is American Heart Month.

2014 didn't start out very well for Todd Magnuson.

Todd recently got back to work as a math teacher at Jim Hill and Head Coach for girls high school basketball.

He had a heart attack on January 5th.

Todd Magnuson "It was a very scary Sunday morning."

He work up very early that day with symptoms and thought it may be heartburn, soon the feeling got much worse.

Todd "My chest was squeezed and it didn't go away, and I work Marlys and we left for Trinity."

Todd says it turned out that he had 100-percent blockage in an artery and a stent was put in, a tube used to treat weak arteries.

Todd "It was amazing how good I felt right away, so much energy."

Todd had recently stepped up his exercise program, changed his eating habits, and lost 35 pounds. So he was surprised that this happened to him at only 53 years of age.

But genetics play a big factor, and he has family members who have dealt with this too.

One in four Americans die of heart disease, so his advice is:

Todd "Don't take chances if you feel something, react."

After 22 years of teaching and coaching, first at Surrey then for Minot Public, Todd was anxious to get back to work. Although, he's taking it slow. 2014 may have started out bad, but he says he feels great, and he's looking forward to the future, including leading his basketball team. For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.

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