When the last light snow of the season fell in March, Clarence Sexton was shoveling when he began feeling extremely weak. "Both sides of my neck hurt, up to my ears," he recalls. "My left arm went numb, and then my chest started hurting."

The Eastgate resident, then 52, is the kind of man who avoids seeing a doctor unless it's an emergency, and he passed off these symptoms as reaction to cold air. But when he awoke at early the next morning, he knew better"”and he told his wife to call an ambulance. In the emergency room at Mercy Anderson Hospital, a dose of nitroglycerin made the pain diminish.

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