Randy Couture is doing well after suffering a heart attack earlier this week, so well, in fact, he was able to leave the hospital and walk home.
Couture was working out at Unbreakable MMA in Los Angeles on October 23 when he felt something wrong with either a rib or vertebrae. The 56-year-old MMA legend elected to walk to Cedars Sinai hospital, where it was discovered he was having a heart attack.
He underwent emergency surgery and had a stent placed in to remove a blockage.
“Feeling good, way better obviously,” Couture told TMZ Sports. “At some point, you think you’re invincible and then you find out you’re not.”
It is unknown if Couture will be available for the PFL’s playoff event on October 31, but it may be likely he appears considering he’s jumping back into things — shooting for a new movie with Michael Jai White next week and seeking a return to MMA training.
Read a full statement from Xtreme Couture Management on the situation below:
On Wednesday afternoon, October 23, Randy “The Natural” Couture was admitted and treated for a heart attack at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA.
During a workout at Randy’s LA training home Unbreakable Performance in West Hollywood, CA, Randy experienced discomfort in what he initially thought was an offset rib or vertebrae. He tried working on a roller to relieve the problem – but that was not successful. Incredibly, Randy finished the entire workout while likely having the beginnings of a heart attack. Shortly thereafter, he drove home and attempted to rest. When the radiating chest pain did not cease, he recognized something was wrong.
He proceeded to walk multiple blocks to a nearby emergency room rather than battle Los Angeles traffic. Upon his arrival, after an EKG, the medical staff informed Randy he had a heart attack, and would require immediate surgery to resolve the issue.
The surgery was successful. Randy is now out of intensive care, stable, in good spirits, and well on his way to a speedy and full recovery.