Five heart attack survivors were honored for success at maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the King and Queen of Hearts event sponsored by the Glendale Memorial Heart Center at Glendale Memorial Hospital Thursday.
Crowned for their dedication to the program and mentoring new patients were Michael James of Glendale, Rita Khatchatourian of Glendale, Karl Kniseley of Glendale, Connie Andonegui of Sun Valley and Bill Tharp of La Crescenta.
Tharp shared his experience at the heart center with the more than 50 patients, family, friends and the public listening in the hospital’s auditorium.
“I’m not the man I used to be,” he said. “I weighed 272. Now I weigh 213.”
His goal is to get to 195, and he continues to work at it at the fitness center, walking the treadmill, lifting weights and riding the stationary bicycle, he said.
The Hearts event celebrates their hard work, said Dr. Lawrence R. O’Connor, medical director of the Cardiac Fitness Center.