MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Twiggs County volunteer firefighter Roy Wood, Jr. had a major heart attack while on call at a grass fire in June 2011 and was rushed to the hospital.
"Once I got there I coded, and the wonderful people at the E.R. resuscitated me and the good doctor came in and put a stint in," says Wood.
The doctor also told him about a new study's device called the 'Guardian Angel' that would let him know well before another heart attack happened.
"The device will start to vibrate," says Dr. Mark E. Dorogy, the doctor who performed Wood's operation. "It will send a signal to the pager that the patient is also wearing, and the vibration and the signal on the pager will then alert the patient that something's going on, and then it will refer them to the emergency room."
Wood was one of the first to participate in the study.
"He wanted to wait until he could cut the grass for the last time for the season so he wouldn't have to worry about getting somebody to cut the grass before he had the surgery," says Sherri Wood, Roy's wife. "Because he knew he'd be limited while he recovered."
But his recovery didn't last long. He's now back to work as a firefighter, and data from the device told doctors exactly how his heart reacted on his first call back.
"The person that was downloading the data asked me what I was doing on a certain day and I had to stop and think," explains Wood. "And he pretty much told me what day and what time it was."
More than a year after his heart attack, the 'Guardian Angel' says Wood's heart is doing just fine.
"I haven't had any kind of alarms or warnings whatsoever," says Wood. "Everything, thank the Lord, is doing good."
The worldwide study is being conducted by Angel Medical Systems out of New Jersey. About 100 hospitals in the U.S. are participating, including the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
For more information on the device, talk to your doctor or visit Angel Med's website for a survey to see if you qualify to participate in the study.