Speaking on the phone from his home on Monday, Ayotte said he knew something was wrong while in a committee meeting at the state house the day before, March 8. During a break, he said, he decided to drive himself home to the St. John Valley.
“I’m still weak,” said Ayotte. “But, I have so much work to do, I am not happy being away from Augusta.”
Eventually, doctors discovered he had had a heart attack, which was his second in three years, he said. They also found that his pericardium, the sac surrounding the heart, had become inflamed. With anti-inflammatory medications, Ayotte said he began feeling better.
Ayotte said it is a busy time of the year in the legislature and that he regrets not being able to be taking part, adding he will return as soon as he can. He also said, however, that he looks forward to relaxing after he finishes his current term in office.