Over the weekend, the world has learned that one of the toughest icons of mountain biking, Mark Weir survived a heart attack in October. They’ve been very private about this incident and it was only announced on Mark’s Instagram on Nov. 30.
Here are the words from Mark Weir’s Instagram account posted on November 30:
“They call it the widow maker. Had chest pains for about 6 weeks. Never thought it could be me. Healthy and good numbers on blood pressure and cholesterol. Well I have a propensity to build plaque. My left main was 99% blocked. They said I am lucky to be alive. Just thought I would share, just cause you are fit dos not mean you are immune. I feel lucky to look in my sons eyes and grab my wife’s hands as she walks by. Knowing I’ll never be what I use to be but I’ll be the best I can be today and maybe just a little better then I was yesterday.”
Mark wants the world to know what happened to him because his condition, known as the “widow-maker” is a silent, deadly killer that rarely announces its presence. In Mark’s case, he had chest pains for about six weeks and he probably wrote it off as some minor problem. This would have been the time to see a doctor. He is lucky to survive this and his openness can perhaps motivate otherwise to get checked and prevent this or similar problems.
His other close encounter, this time with a tree is HERE .