Notah Begay hopes his health scare will encourage others to get checked

Created: 06/05/2014 8:54 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

4-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay promotes health and well being among Native Americans, but it was his own health that concerned his friends and family.

Begay suffered a heart attack about six weeks ago.  He was in Albuquerque this week giving a golf clinic to local kids.  In speaking to the media for the first time since his health scare, Begay says he feels better but encourages others to get checked.

"It was a pretty scary situation," said Begay.  "Exercising regularly and trying to follow proper nutrition, I'm 41 years old and I ended up on the operating table and had a stint placed in my heart."

Begay says it elevated his awareness around heart disease and he encourages everyone to go in and get a screening.  "This stuff is preventable."

"I feel great.  I had a 100 percent blockage of my right coronary artery.  I just have to take the cardio rehab very slow.  If I stay active and improve my diet I shouldn't have any more problems."

"I am tracking how much activity I have on a daily basis.  I wear a heart rate monitor when I exercise and when I'm on the golf course."

Following his heart attack, Begay said he received well wishes from all around the country.  "President Clinton called to check on me... Tiger Woods was monitoring my rehab and telling me not to take it too fast.  I was worried about his back and he was worried about my heart."

Begay plans to play in the San Juan Open this summer in Farmington.  Begay will host a Charity Golf Slam June 27th at the Santa Ana golf Club.

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