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Cardiac lab tech promotes heart health after heart attack

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Scott Pinion works in cardiac catherizaiton lab at Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System in Greenville. He now promotes heart health after heart attack. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 17, 2017) Scott Pinion works in cardiac catherizaiton lab at Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System in Greenville. He now promotes heart health after heart attack. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 17, 2017)
Cardiac lab tech now works with crew who saved his life after he had a heart attack. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 17, 2016) Cardiac lab tech now works with crew who saved his life after he had a heart attack. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 17, 2016)

Bicycling has become a way of life for Scott Pinion

"The Upstate is a great bike town," he said.

Pinion is a radiologic technologist with Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System in Greenville. But, before he landed that job, his health took him down a bumpy path.

"I was just feeling kind of unusual.I didn't feel have any chest pain, didn't have any jaw pain, or arm pain or anything like that," he said.

So, he walked into the emergency room at Bon Secours Saint Francis and found out when he was having a heart attack.

"From the time I told her I was having a heart attack until the time I went into a really bad rhythm, it was about two or three minutes," Pinion said.

He thought at 45 years old, he was fairly healthy, but within minutes of his arrival at the hospital he found himself unconscious and on a stretcher.

"I almost waited too late because I never really had any chest pain," he said.

His heart attack happened back in 2009 and now work in the cardiac catherization lab where he runs tests through a pacemaker programmer.

"So, I get to work with the heroes that saved my life- at least that's how I see everyone here," Pinion said.

He now promotes heart health and wants patients and others to get annual physicals, and check their cholesterol and blood pressure.

"If you think something is going on with your chest it's way better to come to the hospital here, let us check you out," Pinion said.

He now has a pacemaker himself and his new path is of health awareness is close to his heart.

"You can't be that close to dying and not have it just increase that feeling of how precious life is and how important it is to make the most of everything," he said.

Pinion said it's important to stay active even after a heart attack. If you think you need to get checked, Gov. Nikki Haley declared Feb. 18 a statewide screening day for heart health. Screenings will take place tomorrow from 7-9 a.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. If you plan to attend, organizers ask that you fast Wednesday night.

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