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Brown & Toland Physicians Honors Heart Attack Survivor Jeffrey Houck with Lifestyle Change Award During Heart Walk
Date:9/20/2013

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2013

After a blocked artery nearly ended his life, Jeffrey Houck swapped out cigarettes, fast food and energy drinks for daily exercise and healthier meals.

For his exceptional effort to turn his health around, Brown & Toland Physicians (http://www.brownandtoland.com) is awarding Houck the Lifestyle Change Award at the American Heart Association Heart Walk in San Francisco on Sept. 20.

“This award to me is about getting a second chance,” Houck said. “I knew my previous lifestyle was hazardous to my health, but always assumed that I would pay for it later rather than sooner. My heart attack was a wake-up call to change the way I was living. That memo was received loud and clear.”

Houck, 42, frequently traveled for work, relying on fast food, energy drinks and cigarettes to get him through the day. The father of three from Campbell experienced a lot of stress that took a toll on his body.

On a work trip in July, he woke up with severe muscle pain in his upper back, shoulders and neck. Houck went to an urgent care center where he was diagnosed with stress and shoulder tension and was given mild muscle relaxers and told to ice the affected area.

“I simply figured that I had been working too hard and that carrying my laptop bag around for days had finally caught up to me,” Houck said.

Overnight, the pain moved from his back to his chest and left arm, but denial kept him from going to the hospital. By 5 p.m., he knew something was wrong and contacted a coworker, who drove him to the ER. He was admitted with a 99 percent blockage of the left ant
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