Jay covered five decades of space exploration as a broadcast analyst for NBC. He used his research skills to find Diamondback 360® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS) and a certified doctor to treat the severely calcified lesions in his heart due to coronary artery disease (CAD). Now he’s back to work and going to the gym.

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Since the early days of the United States space program, Jay has been a renowned space analyst for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). He covered all of the Apollo flights, including the first moon landing in ‘69, as well as the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in ’86.

For more than half a century, he has been on Florida’s Merritt Island, bringing breaking news to the nation and writing bestselling books — backing it all up with care, diligence and research. It’s how he works. It’s who he is.

So, when he started experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath at the age of 80, Jay brought that same scientific method and thorough research to his own health. He was told that he had severe coronary calcium: hardening and narrowing of the arteries decreasing blood flow to his heart. If left untreated, the increasing build-up of calcium could have led to heart attack and even death.

The news wasn’t a surprise. His father and brother both died of heart disease in their 50s. Jay himself collapsed and had to have emergency coronary bypass surgery in 1989 — when he was just 55. For decades after, he worked hard to stay healthy and active: jogging, lifting weights and eating a nutritious diet.

But in 2015, the symptoms returned and tests showed a simple stenting procedure wouldn’t work because his vessels were up to 99% blocked with hard calcium. So, he decided to research what options where available.

He consulted his niece, a nurse, and she recommended using Diamondback 360®, to sand away the calcium to prepare the vessel for a stent. Jay found a physician skilled in using the Diamondback device and made an appointment to see him right away.

“When I found CSI’s Diamondback 360 I said, ‘This is for me!’” Jay said. “Dr. Noel was the top gun with this. He was very skillful. It was like a great conductor leading a symphony, and he went in and he ground out all of this. He cleaned it out.”

After using Diamondback 360 to sand away the calcium in three of his arteries, Dr. Noel was able to successfully place the stents and reestablish healthy blood flow to the heart.

Jay was using a treadmill three days later, and within a week of the procedure, he felt better than he had in years.

“I absolutely feel great. Nothing bothers me,” Jay said. “I’m doing my 10-11 miles a week, my full workout. People are fascinated in the gym where I work out because I’m probably the oldest guy there.”

Even his doctor agrees that the results in Jay’s case have been astonishing. “He’s quite impressive,” Noel says. “We’re very pleased with the results. The Diamondback 360 device, along with the placement of a stent, have allowed [Jay] to recover the life he wants.”

Jay is 82 now, but he’s living like he did a decade ago — or more. His research paid off, he’s back to work, and his future looks bright. “I intend to keep on for as long as I can,” he says. “Because I want death to catch me. And I’m gonna be moving when it does.”

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“I absolutely feel great.
Nothing bothers me.”

“I’m doing my 10-11 miles a week, my full workout. People are fascinated in the gym where I work out because I’m probably the oldest guy there.”

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