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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 2, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Waiting for a new heart

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Oct. 1, 11:44 a.m. [Click image to view larger]
Heart disease can sneak up on you at any age. George Nassár was a fit 37-year-old when a routine checkup revealed a congenital malfunction in his left ventricle. In just four months, he went from running around Green Lake six days a week to having open-heart surgery.
After two more open-chest surgeries since 1996, he now sports a laptop-size bag with 7-pound batteries powering a device inside his heart that keeps it beating. He’s waiting for a transplant. “I could get the phone call while we are sitting here talking,” he said when I visited him at his Kirkland home on Thursday, a day he telecommutes instead of going to his office at Boeing.
Nassár, now 50, will be leading the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk at Qwest Field Saturday morning to raise money and awareness of heart disease. “People should know this is not an old person’s disease,” he said.
More information
Puget Sound Heart Walk Facebook page.
American Heart Association website.

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