By Todd Ceisner
Clark Wendlandt blurted out the month and day like it was nothing, just another square on the wall calendar.
“Toho will be my first event since last May 27,” he said, referencing the upcoming start of the FLW Tour season next week and how it will be his first stab at tournament competition since experiencing a major health scare last spring.
As it turns out, May 27 was not just another square on the wall calendar for him. After a lengthy day of practice at Douglas Lake for the Bassmaster Northern Open, Wendlandt went to bed that day thinking about what else he needed to cover in order to be ready for the tournament, which was due to start on the 29th. Within hours, he was driving himself to the nearest hospital after a severe pain in his chest awakened him during the night.
After some testing, it was discovered his left anterior descending (LAD) artery was completely blocked. That pain that woke Wendlandt up was him having a major heart attack.
He underwent treatment in Knoxville, Tenn., and faced several months of rehabilitation. His 2014 tournament season was over, his future uncertain for the time being. The scary part, he says, was there was not even the faintest of warning signs that something was wrong.
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