Seth: A Heart Attack Survivor's Story

Heart Attack Survivor Story - Seth Leibsohn

In communications, timing is everything.

Fortunately for Seth, we feel the same about cardiac care.

As a radio host and communications consultant, Seth Leibsohn understands that timing can make all the difference in the delivery of a message. And after he suffered a heart attack at the age of 43 – even after passing a cardiac stress test – he now understands the importance of timing in cardiac care.

"It was a shock," he said. "I was working at home and got a tremendous pain in my chest. I was sweating, I laid down on my marble floor, and it didn't help. Then the pain went down my arms. That's when I knew I was having a heart attack. I took an aspirin and called 9-1-1. Phoenix Fire was here in minutes and whisked me to John C. Lincoln."

And it's a good thing they did. One of Seth's three main arteries was completely blocked. If it had not been opened within a 90-minute window, Seth would have had severe heart damage and could have died.

The cardiac team led by Dr. Gary Kauffman quickly inserted a stent, restoring blood flow to Seth's heart. He then went to the hospital's cardiovascular ICU, and three days later was home.

"Everyone was amazing," Seth said. "I was in the worst pain of my life and terrified. Yet, from the very moment I was brought in, the entire staff, was wonderful. They were full of good cheer, assurances, help. . .you name it."

Today, Seth is hosting his "Arizona Politics and Culture" radio show on KKNT in Phoenix, eating healthy, doing yoga and hiking or running daily with Dagny, his 3-year-old Brittany spaniel. And now, less than a year later, he has run his first marathon.

"I don't know how I would have made it through without my nurses who stayed with me, calmed me and talked with me," Seth remembers. "I felt I was in the care of angels who held my hand throughout the whole ordeal and never let go."