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Published on Nov 15, 2017
Queensland resident Nick Morton was supposed to celebrate his team’s AFL grand final win with his teammates, but he didn’t feel quite right.
Instead he headed home with his wife Victoria and their baby daughter Isabelle and not long after, he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.
Victoria called an ambulance and when the paramedics arrived they needed to use a defibrillator multiple times to resuscitate Nick. They transferred him to Mackay Base Hospital and later to Townsville Hospital via the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Nick underwent angiograms and had a stent inserted, before he was discharged and returned to Mackay.
Nick’s heart attack was a massive shock for the father of one. “It was a big wake-up call going into cardiac rehab and I was the youngest by 20 years. I ended up really thinking about my health and becoming more aware of my medical history,” said Nick.
Since registering for a My Health Record, Nick has followed up on his discharge summaries, reviewed medication information and had a ‘Shared Health Summary’ uploaded by his GP detailing vital information about his medical history.
Nick and Victoria recently made the decision to move to Melbourne to be closer to his family. In choosing his new GP, he made sure they were using the My Health Record system.