Heart Stories


Homando Goldsmith works hard to keep his heart healthy after suffering a heart attack in 2011.

Truck driver Homando Goldsmith, 36, never thought he could have a heart attack so young. The Mauldin native had been a college fullback and loved exercise in his younger days, but years of unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle finally caught up with him. One day in September 2011, in the final few miles of his route, Goldsmith felt numbness in one of his arms. Minutes later, he began suffering from shortness of breath and a growing pressure in his chest. As he was pulling into his destination, Goldsmith realized he might be having a heart attack. He immediately called 911.

First responders got Goldsmith to GHS’ Greenville Memorial Hospital where cardiologists inserted a stent to stop his heart attack. He had 90% blockage in one of his cardiac arteries.

Soon after his release from the hospital, Goldsmith started the Heartlife rehabilitation program. He quit smoking and followed the program to the letter. The result – a nearly 40-pound weight loss in three months!  

“I feel better than I have in years,” remarked Goldsmith. A few months ago, I could hardly play with my son without getting fatigued. Now, I can run circles around him. I don’t think I could have done it without the Heartlife program.”

He continued, “Never in a million years did I think I’d have a heart attack. My eyes were opened. Now I tell my family and friends to not make my mistake, that they should to go their doctor for a check-up and make health a priority.”

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