Notah Begay III Recovering From Heart Attack
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/29/14

Notah Begay III suffered a heart attack last week, while he was in Dallas.

The well-spoken Golf Channel and NBC Sports golf analyst, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour and a graduate of Stanford University, was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he underwent a procedure to insert a stent to unblock his right coronary artery. The surgery was done by G. Mark Jenkins M.D., a cardiologist at Methodist. Because the procedure occurred quickly, Begay is expected to have a full recovery.

Through Golf Channel, Begay released this statement:
"I'm extremely grateful for the expert care I received from Dr. Jenkins and his staff. I anticipate a full recovery and feel lucky to be at home resting with my family. I appreciate the outpouring of well wishes I've received from family, friends and fans and I will be back covering golf once I'm fully recovered."
Begay noted that his family has a history of heart disease. Also noteworthy is that part of the mission of his Notah Begay III Foundation is to increase awareness and prevention of Type 2 diabetes in Native American children, through various health and wellness programs.

We at oobgolf hope Notah has a complete, permanent, and painless recovery; he is one of the most watchable golf analysts on television. The accomplishments and positive influences he and his foundation have already made for children and families in several Native American nations and bands cannot be overstated.

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DougE says:
Notah is only around Tiger's age. Maybe 40 at best. They were roommates in college, I think. Sad to see a guy who regularly walked 18 holes on Tour for so many years, continues to play regularly, is still quite young, and yet, he has a heart problem. I realize it is likely hereditary, but just doesn't seem fair for someone who leads a pretty healthy lifestyle.

I look forward to seeing him back on the Golf Channel soon.
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