Heartbeat 8-10-2014: Mike Williams

Published 08/11 2014 12:26AM

Updated 08/12 2014 11:04AM

LUBBOCK, TX -- Mike Williams depends on a device called a life vest and he'll tell you that it has saved his life. During a drive from Seagraves to Lubbock, Williams’ heart began to race.

“My wife was driving. We were just talking to each other,” Williams said. “For me, it was just all of the sudden stopped in the bar ditch and her yelling, ‘Wake up! Wake up!’”

The extremely fast heart beat is called tachyarrhythmia. It caused Williams to lose consciousness.

“I had passed out and the Life Vest had done what it is supposed to do and shocked me,” Williams said. Once the vest shocked his heart, the tachycardia came back under control and Williams regained consciousness.

“He already had two heart attacks. So, I was thinking the worst,” said Williams’ wife, Debbie. She said the Life Vest shocked Williams, “And then he came to. And he was just normal.”

“Because he had a weak heart … he was fainting already,” said Covenant Medical System cardiologist Aurelio R. Cervera. “If he happens to go into a tachyarrhythmia again and his heart starts racing the device is going to try to get him out of the rhythm.”

Williams said, “If I hadn’t had the device, they tell me my heart can’t race like that for a very long time. So, I think it saved my life.”

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