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Retired Dr. Brian Livermore on Wednesday discussed the importance of acting quickly to seek help in response to a suspected heart attack. Livermore should know: On Aug. 9, 2013, he suffered an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, or STEMI, heart attack, in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is quickly eliminated, the patient is at serious risk of death or disability, thus its nickname “the widow maker.”

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BEMIDJI -- When Dr. Brian Livermore saw the EKG, he knew he was dying.

"I recognized right away what was going on," Livermore recalled Wednesday afternoon. "The entire front of my heart had huge elevations ... I realized, I actually realized, I was dying."

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