Montague DJ Ryan Interlande finds a new beat — his transplanted heart

Ryan Interlande of Montague has come a long way since his heart transplant, and still has a long road ahead of him.Recorder Staff/Paul Franz
THE RECORDER | Dominic Poli

TURNERS FALLS — Ryan Interlande is confident the music isn’t ending for him any time soon.

The popular party and event DJ doesn’t sound like someone on the mend. Cracking jokes and watching ESPN in the quaint Turners Falls house he shares with his wife, Pam, he hardly looks like a man who survived a harrowing experience. But he is.

Interlande had a heart transplant on May 19, after six years battling an irregular heartbeat and cardiomyopathy.

“I’m feeling much better. It’s been a long time since I actually felt a pulse or I felt blood running through my body. … It’s really bizarre to feel that. At first you’re like, ‘Is this supposed to happen?’” he said on Tuesday. “Of course, it is. I’ve got a real healthy heart pumping right now.”

He says the part of his chest surgeons cut open will be tender for about another month and a half and he can’t drive or even sit in the front seat of a moving vehicle, because an airbag in the chest could prove devastating. Nevertheless, the 40-year-old Interlande says he is stronger than he has been in years. Continue reading
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