EDMOND — Some men might dread the pressure of Valentine's Day, but for Jeff Buchanan it's like a second birthday.
Three years ago, Buchanan, 42, was at home with his wife, Erica, celebrating a quiet Valentine's Day with their three daughters. Then he suffered a sudden heart attack. Buchanan had been diagnosed at age 25 with cardiomyopathy. The condition is the result of a weakened heart muscle and it was being treated with medication.
“I always knew that one of the side effects was a possible sudden cardiac arrest,” Jeff Buchanan said. “I had no symptoms so I lived a normal life. I did what everyone else did. I worked out. I go to the gym. I was at a boot camp that morning.”
Buchanan visited firefighters at Edmond Station No. 1 on Friday to thank them for saving his life.
Buchanan was in good hands. According to statistics released this month by Oklahoma Emergency Services, the cardiac arrest survival rate in the Oklahoma City metro is 45.2 percent. Only the Seattle area has a higher reported survival rate. For the firefighters who helped save Buchanan's life, seeing him in person Friday was a rewarding moment.