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Running for the heart

PEC project engineer Lynn Moore has always been physically active. He completed countless 5Ks, marathons and even ultra marathons. While running in the 2012 Head for the Cure 5K, Moore felt an unexpected pain in his chest. He kept running. Three days later, that pain was diagnosed as a heart attack.

Moore underwent an angioplasty procedure. Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to open blocked heart arteries. Moore also had a stent put in place at that same time. A stent is a small metal mesh tube that acts as a scaffold to provide support inside your coronary artery.

Though Moore had always been physically active, he learned exercise could not always overcome genetics or his eating habits. He still runs today, but pays extra attention to what he eats and what organizations he supports when choosing which races to run.

“I particularly like [running for the] American Heart Association because I have a heart and because it’s fun,” says Moore.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Kansas Heart Association’s mission is “To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. That need for our work is beyond question.” Moore couldn’t agree more.

“I know what it’s like to have gone through a heart attack. If being a selective about where my contribution goes to makes a difference in someone’s life. I want to make that difference,” says Moore.

Besides running the races, Moore also volunteers at them too. “It’s fun. It doesn’t feel like work because it’s something I care about and I enjoy the people,” says Moore.

To learn how to improve his lifestyle even more, Moore became a member of fitWichita, a local group whose goal is to redefine the way Wichitans approach a healthy lifestyle, and to help guide people.