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Published on November 05, 2013

Edward Paden Jr. & Interventional Cardiology

Edward Paden Jr.
Patient: Edward Paden Jr., Silver Spring, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Service: Interventional Cardiology

Doctor: Gregory Fisher, MD

"The triathlon masked the heart attack symptoms," says Officer Edward Paden Jr. "Based on the amount of exertion, I should have been sweating. As for the discomfort in my chest, I knew I was getting over a cold."

The 44-year-old Silver Spring resident pushed on and completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run on Sept. 9.

Still in pain the next morning, Paden visited his doctor, who immediately sent him to a cardiologist. An echocardiogram showed two heart attacks and a possible third about to occur.

A medical helicopter flew Paden to Washington Adventist Hospital, where an emergency catheterization found a 95 percent blockage in his lower anterior descending artery.

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