Curt Schilling Heart Attack: Got Stent in 2011 as Venture Crumbled

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Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 07:34 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling admitted this week to having surgery to put in a stent  after a heart attack in 2011 that may have been caused from stress as his video game company 38 Studios was crumbling.

A three-time World Series champion, Schilling, 46, revealed his heart attack in conversation during an interview with the Boston Globe, but later said he wished he hadn't.

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An excerpt from the interview:

It's not worth having a heart attack over, a visitor tells him.

"Uh, I already did, actually," says Schilling. "Yeah, I did, a couple of years ago. Nobody knows that, actually."

A mild one?

"It was a decent one," he says. "It's not something… "

His voice trails off and his eyes dart around Champions Stadium.

"I had one, and it was dealt with."

Schilling explained that he was in New York City watching his wife run the 2011 New York Marathon when he felt chest pains. He stuck it out until his wife finished and even flew back to Boston before going to the hospital.

"Ya, as stupid as that was," Schilling wrote in a text message to the Globe. "My doctor made it clear that I was very, very, lucky."

He had surgery to insert a stent the next day.

Schilling, who now coaches his daughter's softball team, is still dealing with the fallout of 38 Studios going bankrupt.

In 2010, Rhode Island issued $75 million in bonds so that 38 Studios could relocate to Providence, create jobs, and produce state-of-the-art fantasy games, according to the Globe. But when the company declared bankruptcy in June 2012, Schilling lost nearly $50 million of his own money, 300 employees lost their jobs, and Rhode Island taxpayers lost an estimated $100 million.

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