KOAT-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Golf great Notah Begay suffered a heart attack this past week. He’s a golf analyst for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel. Before that he played alongside Tiger Woods and won the PGA Tour in 1999 and 2000.
Begay, 41, is at home recovering from the heart attack at home and is expected to be OK. The attack occurred in Dallas, according to a statement from the New Mexico-based Notah Begay Foundation.
Doctors had to insert a stent to open up a blocked artery. “There is probably a genetic pre-disposition because he's extremely young -- I rarely see someone in this age group that doesn't either have diabetes or a strong family history,” said KOAT’s medical expert Dr. Barry Ramo.
Ramo expects Begay to make a full recovery. “This experience has reinforced, for me, the need to urgently address health and wellness issues among Native American youth,” said Begay.
His foundation was created in 2005. According to its website, its mission is to curb childhood obesity in Native American children through sports. About 50 percent of Native American children will develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetimes. More