How One Birmingham Man’s Quick Thinking Helped Him Survive A Heart Attack

| August 15, 2017 @ 5:01 am

By Carla Davis

For Harvey Ivey, March 28 started like any other day.  But in a flash, his world changed forever.

“When I left my office for lunch that day, I felt the same as I do right now,” said Ivey, Technical Services vice president at Southern Nuclear near Birmingham. “I was about halfway across the parking lot to my car when I started experiencing some tightness in my chest and some pain. Initially, I thought it was sore muscles because I’d had some allergy issues and had been coughing.

“But after I sat in my car for a second, I realized the pain was getting more intense. After a couple of minutes, I recognized because of our safety training at work that I had all the symptoms of a heart attack,” he said.Ivey said by that time, pain was coursing through his left arm and into his chest. He had also grown pale, begun sweating and was short of breath.

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