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Avera Medical Minute: SMSU Volleyball Coach in Cardiac Rehab

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SMSU Coach Culhane during a 2010 volleyball game. SMSU Coach Culhane during a 2010 volleyball game.

If you need another example of why screening for heart disease is so important. we have it.  It proves the point that looks can be deceiving, especially since we can't see what's going on inside our arteries without screening. Nancy Naeve Brown has more on SMSU's Head Volleyball Coach's return to the court after a November heart attack.

The Southwest Minnesota State Mustang volleyball team had a great year.  They finished their 2010 season #7 in a coach's National Division II poll.  SMSU's Head Coach Terry Culhane missed the last game of the season, but for good reason.  Marshall was hosting the Central Regional Tourney. Day one of the championships, SMSU played a late quarterfinals game and won. Terry says it had been a long day and when he got home at midnight he just wasn't feeling good. 

Terry says, "I had this burn in my throat way up in my chest but more like my throat. I thought it was indigestion."

He grew increasingly more uncomfortable so finally at 3:00 am his wife said we're going. They went immediately to the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.

Terry says, "When I walked into the ER they looked at me and said you are having a heart attack and pretty soon I was on a helicopter headed to Sioux Falls."

Through e-Emergency services, the ER staff at Avera Marshall administered a clot buster, stabilized him then Terry was airlifted by CareFlight to Sioux Falls to the Avera Heart Hospital.  Cardiologists put 3 stents in 2 blocked arteries. a few days later he was back home in Marshall doing cardiac rehab...

Avera Marshall Cardiac Rehab Coordinator Monica Senden, RN says, "When they come back to rehab part of the thing in their local community, go back to work, they're healing with families and that's the neat part."

Terry says, "They push us in here and they tell us that's when they want to push us because we're hooked up and that's the time when they can say if we're doing to much."

 Culhane missed the semi-final game on November 19th, which turned out to be the last game for his SMSU seniors. The women played their hearts out for their coach who at the time was getting his heart repaired. Since rehab was at home in Marshall his players, family and friends were able to cheer him on during recovery. And for that Coach Culhane definitely puts the event in the win column.

Coach Culhane is only 55, but has high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease which put him at increased risk for a heart event.  His advice to others is when you turn 40 go to Avera's Planet Heart for your heart check.


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