PALM BEACH GARDENS – John Hays had his first heart attack at age 35.
He had his second three decades later while mountain biking in Dyer Park.
A former triathlete and grandfather of two, the 65-year-old North Palm Beach resident went home before being transported to nearby Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, where doctors saved his life by using cutting-edge technology called an Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist heart pump.
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The device, which is temporarily implanted in a patient’s heart during surgery,