UFC Hall of Famer and Oklahoma State wrestling alum Randy Couture was discharged Friday from Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after having emergency surgery following a heart attack earlier in the week.
Randy Couture has been discharged from the hospital, less than two days after suffering a heart attack.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 25, 2019
He walked home, his manager Sam Spira said.
“I walked into the hospital from home, I am walking home from the hospital,” Couture said.
Couture, a former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, said Friday he suffered a heart attack due to a blood clot in his Diagonal artery caused by his “crazy think blood and normally high bad cholesterol.” The cardiac catheterization (cath) lab cleared out the clot and placed a stint in, according to the 56-year-old Couture.
The three-time NCAA All-American wrestler at OSU suffered a heart attack during a workout at his Unbreakable Performance MMA gym in West Hollywood then walked “multiple blocks” to check himself into a nearby hospital, according to his manager and lawyer Sam Spira.
“Randy experienced discomfort in what he initially thought was an offset rib or vertebrae,” Spira said in a statement. “(Randy) tried working on a roller to relieve the problem - but that was not successful. Incredibly, Randy finished the entire workout while likely having the beginnings of a heart attack. Shortly thereafter, he drove home and attempted to rest. When the radiating chest pain did not cease, he recognized something was wrong.”
“He proceeded to walk multiple blocks to a nearby emergency room rather than battle Los Angeles traffic. Upon his arrival, after an EKG, the medical staff informed Randy he had a heart attack, and would require immediate surgery to resolve the issue.”
Couture released a statement expressing his gratitude toward the Cedars Sinai medical staff.
“Contrary to recent rumors I have not kicked the bucket, yet. I am alive and well,” Couture said. “Special thanks to the amazing staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital. From the ER to cardiac, icu thanks for taking care of me. Thanks to all you out there expressing your concern. Your love and support mean the world to me and my family.
“Live your lives to the fullest. You never know when you’ll draw that last breath in!”