OHSAA official beats heart attack

by | Oct 11, 2021 | Baseball, Basketball, Darke County News, Football, Greenville, Sports, Volleyball

Greenville Athletic Director, Aaron Shaffer (L) and OHSAA official, Scott Bistrek share a moment before Friday night kickoff at Butler. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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.”

A heavier Scott Bistrek and former FM coach, Abby Moore have a chat at a Lady Jets varsity basketball game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
A slimmer Scott Bistrek (L) officiates 2021 varsity football game between Greenville and Butler. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Weighing 55 pounds heavier, OHSAA referee Scott Bistrek officiating an Arcanum game before recent heart attack.
A heavier pre-heart attack Scott Bistrek officiates an OHSAA varsity basketball game at Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Scott Bistrek makes a call in a game between Greenville and Eaton prior to heart attack.

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.

Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.

Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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