After a number of tests, Don Johnson's doctors told him he would need a double bypass.
After the surgery and only five days at home, Johnson was back at Luther to start cardiac rehabilitation.
We caught up with him a month after his surgery.
"I'm really surprised to feel as good as I did,” Johnson said. “The message is your leg is really going to be sore and you'll be sore elsewhere and I haven't had any pain."
Three days a week, Johnson exercises at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.
He's built up his aerobic activity to last close to an hour and will soon start light weight training to help resume everyday activities like lifting a bottle of milk, reaching for a glass out of the cupboard or driving a car.
“They tell me I am going to revert to feeling much better than I did before surgery," he says.
Although he jokes that he was glad to wake up, Johnson says he and his wife met with Dr. Tom Carmody, the cardiac surgeon who performed his bypass, and the couple had all of their questions answered.
Eunice Johnson says "the last thing he said as he left the room was 'I’m not God, but I’ll treat you like you were my father.' and that helped a lot."
Rehab specialists say Johnson’s recovery is progressing right on track, and it's a track he'd like to stay on.
"You still have to live, so it's a matter of doing a little better, that's all," he says.
Tonight on Newscenter 13 at 10, we’ll take you into the operating room where you can see Johnson’s surgery as it happened.