The president of the American Heart Association had a heart attack during a scientific conference

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He was taken to a local hospital where doctors inserted a stent to open up a clogged artery. Previously, Warner had delivered a Presidential Address at the conference. He mentioned that both his father and grandfather had heart bypass surgeries in their 60s. He also lost his grandfather and great-grandfather on his mother’s side to heart disease. Warner began his one-year term as the American Heart Association’s volunteer leader in July and has already represented the organization in places such as Washington, D.C., Panama and Beijing.

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“Cardiac events can still happen anytime and anywhere,” Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the AHA, said after incident. Warner is recovering and doing well, according to the Heart Association. Warning signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort, upper body pain, shortness of breath and, more rarely, cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness, according to the American Heart Association. Sometimes people have discomfort or pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Patients require immediate medical attention. Those most at risk for a heart attack are people older than 65, men and people with a family history of heart disease.

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