Thursday, June 26, 2014 —
Stanly County Commissioner Peter Asciutto is set to undergo quadruple bypass surgery after collapsing during an afternoon run.
Asciutto was jogging as part of the organized routine of two-mile Tuesday when he suddenly felt ill, he said. As he slowed his pace to a walk, Asciutto then became dizzy before collapsing unconscious along a greenway adjacent to U.S. Highway 52.
A runner immediately behind him stopped to render assistance. A second runner had a cellphone and called 911, Asciutto said Wednesday from his hospital room at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast.
“I’ve never had any chest pains,” Asciutto said.
“I’m just glad it happened the way it did and when it did.”
He added that he was unconscious for about one minute and in the ambulance en route to Stanly Regional Medical Center within eight minutes, thanks to the help of the other runners.
A cardiologist told Asciutto that an electrocardiogram showed that he suffers from 75-95 percent blockage and will require surgery as early as today or Friday.
“She (cardiologist) told me that if I would have been running alone, I wouldn’t be here,” Asciutto said.
Asciutto said he suffers from atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat.
Asciutto is the second county commissioner to be hospitalized in recent months. Commissioner Gene McIntyre was sidelined with a pelvic injury following a fall during the winter.
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