Heart Awareness Part 1: Survivor encourages others to get checked

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Heart disease can happen to anyone and Mike Chancey is living proof.

Mike and wife Melanie never experienced any problems before. It wasn't until last summer when they were enjoying a walk and Mike's chest started to hurt.

"I was in a little bit of denial. You have to have it happen a couple of times to think that it is not indigestion or something normal. After a few times, I knew something wasn't right," said Mike Chancey.

The pain continued to get worse until they paid a visit to his doctor.

"The doctor came out of the procedure room and told us he had a 99% blockage in his widowmaker. You hear those terms and phrases on television and commercials. I was trying not to panic because I was starting to get terrified. But he was great and the doctor told us he was stable and fine and we could fix this," said Melanie Chancey.

Mike received a stent placement and underwent surgery. His family had no previous history with heart issues and he's thankful he was able to catch his condition before it was it was too late.

"I had to experience it two or three times before I knew something wasn't right. The key was getting to my doctor and going through that process and not letting it go. If I would not have done this my next snow shoveling event could have been my last," said Mike Chancey.

The Chancey's hope others will take away a lesson from their story

"Encourage them to go to the doctor if anything out of the ordinary is happening," said Melanie Chancey.

Mike is feeling great. He said he's now taking cholesterol medicine as well as a blood thinner and he will continue to get check-up's.

Tune in to see part two of our series next Wednesday. We will explore the cardiac rehab process. Find out what it involves and we will take you through Mike's experience.