Four sport high school varsity official overcomes heart attack to continue serving athletes on the field and court
VANDALIA – OHSAA varsity football official Scott Bistrek was on the turf Friday night for the MVL game between Greenville and Butler with a new stint and weighing 55 pounds less than earlier this year.
The Jamestown resident and Carroll High School graduate officiates OHSAA varsity high school football, basketball, volleyball and baseball and can be seen most nights during the year at a high school near you.
The always pleasant Bistrek recently had a life altering medical condition which led to surgery.
“I had a heart attack last December, the week before Christmas,” said Bistrek. “I had a stint put in and got back on the court January 4th.”
One of Bistrek’s arteries was 100 percent blocked landing the slightly overweight basketball official in a Kettering Medical Center operating room.
“They opened it up and I have felt like a million bucks ever since,” Bistrek noted. “I have changed my whole diet of course – lost 55 pounds, dropped three pants sizes so obviously I’m physically active every day between football, volleyball, basketball and baseball and all the way around.”
Bistrek now adheres to a high protein low carb diet – “been sticking with it,” he said. “Drink mainly water during the day – I have one sugar free pop a day.”
Words of advice from Bistrek to fellow officials: “Look for symptoms – chest pains…that is how my mine came across.”
“Go get checked out,” Bistrek stated. “I’m so glad I did because they tried to tell me it was heartburn and I knew it wasn’t. I’ve had the worst kind of heartburn like anyone else and then they come up with medication for that. I tried that and then two days later came back and they took me to the OR within two hours once I got there.”
“My cardiologist tells me don’t believe the myth about left arm right arm type of thing – it could be either arm because from my right elbow down to my hand it felt like Jell-O and was like an elephant sitting on my chest.”
“Definitely go get checked out if you have any of those symptoms – fatigue, tiredness,” Bistrek added. “It was hitting me all at once, hit me within a three day span and not really much time but at least enough to go have the surgery.”
“I was in there for three days,” Bistrek said of Kettering Medical Center. “They treated me great.”