Martin Elden Carey
(1972 - 2008)

Profile:
Martin Elden Carey
Nickname: Marty

Birth:
United States of America
August 31, 1972

Passing:
March 26, 2008


Memorial
Dedicated to Martin Elden Carey.

This online memorial was created by his Mother in loving memory of Martin "Marty" Carey, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. We will remember Martin "My Marty" for his contagious smile, his ability to make you laugh and love him forever. Such a sweet boy, taken from us way to soon. We invite you to come and visit and leave with us your messages, your photos, anything and everything to keep his spirit alive. This online memorial will be here forever and so will he, in our hearts.

* Martin Elden Carey *

of Des Plaines, Illinois

Martin E. "Marty" Carey, 35, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in Cape Coral, Florida. Marty was born in Chicago and grew up in Des Plaines. A graduate of Maine West High School, class of 1990.

He was the beloved son of Dale and Judith and Martin and Mary Carol; loving brother to Kelly, Damon, Derrick, Daniel and Kristen; dearest Uncle to his nieces McKayla, Jensen, Peyton and Ashten.

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Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Oehler Funeral Home, where services will be held on Wednesday, April 2 at 11 a.m. in the chapel. A banquet in his honor will be held directly afterwards at SupaRosa Cucina Biagios restaurant, Harwood Heights.

Funeral services will be private and will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at St. Martin's Cemetery in Farmersville, IL.

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As of April 4th, 2008 there has been no conclusion for Marty's cause of death. It takes several weeks to receive all the reports back. But, what we do know for sure...and this is right from the Lee County, Florida medical examiner herself...the one who did the actual autopsy, is that Marty had an enlarged heart. Normal hearts are 250-300 grams in size; Marty's was enlarged at over 550 grams. When she opened his chest, it was immediately apparent that all three (3) arteries running from his heart were 50%, 75%, 85% blocked respectively. His right shoulder had been hurting him for some time. He thought he strained it. He had a severe stiff neck several days before and could not turn his neck to the left without significant pain. He had to go home from work early because it got so bad. What Marty had is called CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE! Marty DRANK ENERGY DRINKS such as Monster and Red Bull, like there was no tomorrow - sometimes 3 to 5 or more a day. Marty SMOKED EVERYDAY. He had similar symptoms last August in 2007. He was having a hard time breathing and had passed out. The doctor treated him for Asthma and prescribed an inhalor. No EKG? No blood test? Of course not, he was only 34 years old. The only pills Marty took were antibiotics for a toothache and Motrin for pain. It seems that Marty was sick for quite a while and did not know it.

Marty was at his job site on Wednesday, March 26th. He was on a roof placing shingles. It was 85 degrees out. He had gone to lunch with his co-worker Mark and had some chicken and two cokes. On his way back to work from lunch he stopped at a True Value to buy a can of wasp spray (that was found on the roof near the gutter). Marty made his call for help about 3:12 pm. In minutes his co-worker Mark was at the house Marty was working on. Marty had gone inside, took off his shirt and hat and was found in a fetal position laying on his left side. He was coughing up a bowling ball is how it was put. His right shoulder muscle near his shoulder blade was in spasm. He was grabbing his chest. He went unconcious. The paramedics were already there and working on him. The number working on him filled the room. They got him to the hospital where the emergency room doctor told us he worked over 45 minutes to revive him. All total about 90 minutes. And, as we all know now, he did not make it. He expired at 4:36 pm, Florida time. He died of natural causes. See below: autopsy report is posted on May 12, 2008.

Marty was an organ donor. Lifelink told us he gave the cornea's of his eyes (for others to see), numerous muscle and tissue samples (which help burn victims), and bone marrow (for the little babies new in the world). He is a hero and will save many lives. There was an autopsy performed and a toxology report we will view in several weeks. The medical examiner has confirmed the heart disease to be the main cause of death. We will keep all posted as to what is found. See below: autopsy report is posted as of May 12, 2008.

His visitation was on Tuesday, April 1 (April Fools Day). The funeral home told us that the crowd he drew was the largest in the history of the funeral home. If you count all the guest book entries and all the people that came to his memorial services that could not come to visitation, the estimated count is close to 1600 people. And, if you count all the people that are coming to our house who just heard about it and missed it, add another 150 and counting. I am overwhelmed! Our son, My Marty, has touched so many lives....and the stories. One of his dearest friends said that one night years ago they counted that he had been in 13 weddings as a Best Man or Groomsman. That he has gone to over two dozen Proms. He's worked in over one dozen bars over a thirteen year period. But his first love was carpentry. He loved to work with wood & design and make furniture. And, he was good at it. He was a teacher of the craft. He was also quite a plumber. He just knew how to figure it all out!

Marty "do it all" Carey . . . . . . He will be dearly missed!

All our love - Judie, Dale, Kelly and Phil, Damon and Megan, Derrick and Michelle and your four nieces.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE FAMILY - it may save your life!:

It takes a while to build up all that plaque in your arteries and the plaque buildup is from smoking. Once your heart is enlarged you may not be able to reverse it. AN ENLARGED HEART IS A SIGN THAT THE HEART IS OVERWORKED. SHORTNESS OF BREATH AND DIZZINESS ARE SYMPTOMS. CAUSES INCLUDE: EXCESS IRON OR PROTEIN BUILDUP IN THE BODY; ENERGY DRINKS; EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL USE; OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (SNORING LOUDLY). IT CAN BE RELATED TO HEART DISEASE OR EXERCISE/PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. TESTS TO DIAGNOSE: ECHOCARDIOGRAM, CHEST X-RAY, AND STRESS TEST - DO ALL THREE!

Because you are so young, a heart attack is sudden death with no warning. Your chances of survival are ZERO! If this doesn't scare you, we don't know what will...........! Below are the web addresses to some very informative information.

We as a family have three things we want to say, especially to all the young people out there 35 years and younger. #1) GO TO A DOCTOR AND GET A PHYSICAL. Make sure they test for cholestoral, blood pressure, and heart. DO IT NOW! #2) STOP SMOKING. Marty smoked over a pack of cigarettes a day. It causes the plaque to build up in your arteries. #3) DO NOT CONSUME ENERGY DRINKS IN EXCESS! They are loaded with caffeine and sugar and they cause your heart to race, therefore the heart to enlarge. Drinking 4 energy drinks in a day is considered OVERDOSING. One energy drink contains the same amount of caffeine as 3 cups of coffee. These drinks disturb your sleep pattern, increases heart rate & body temperature, and tears up your stomach. Also, if you drink an energy drink such as Red Bull - DO NOT CHASE IT WITH A BEER OR A SHOT! It is called "crash and burn" and it is deadly. If you don't believe it, look it up on the web at www.edrinks.net. We wish we knew all this before now. We could have helped Marty. We feel a need to help you! If you DO NOT have health insurance, go to an emergency room for help. Seriously! It is that important!
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Marty died from natural causes:

Cause of Death:

Atherosclerotic Heart Disease

* Cardiomegaly:

a medical condition wherein the heart is enlarged.

It is generally catorized in the following manner:

Left Ventricular Hypertrophy or LVH:

While ventricular hypertrophy occurs naturally as a reaction to aerobic exercise and strength training, it is most frequently referred to as a pathological reaction to cardiovascular disease, or high blood pressure. Principle method to diagnosis is first the electrocardiogram (ECG) and then the echocardiogram. One leads to another in the diagnosis of this condition. So, if you are into "increased energy" via the use of Monster or Red Bull and over exert yourself continuously, then this is the way to go - to see if you have what Marty had.

Sudden Death . . . Cardiac Arrest

4:36 p.m., Florida time, Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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