Later, in a text-message exchange with The Courier-Journal, he said he was told, “Had I gotten on plane, I probably would have been gone. As it is, they had to shock me back once during procedure when I went into cardiac arrest. They shocked me once and procedure was successful. So I feel pretty good.”
Andy Sweeney, who produces Valvano’s WHBE ESPN-680 talk show, said he expects Valvano to be released from the hospital this weekend.
WHAS11.com reports Valvano was walking to airport security in
when, as he wrote on his facebook page, he felt a strong pain in his chest that
was too strong to be acid reflux.
He said he called 911 and a fellow passenger who was a cardiologist stayed to help him until an ambulance arrived. Doctors found one vein 100% blocked and did a procedure to open it.
games on WHAS11 TV and ESPN broadcasts as well as radio broadcasts.
Valvano is the younger brother of the late
college basketball coach and TV commentator Jim Valvano. He is active in the V
Foundation, Jim Valvano's legacy in the fight against cancer, and authored a
book about his brother titled "The Gifts of Jimmy V". North Carolina State