June 7, 2010
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Westlake Village Inn
31943 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Get inspired. Get informed. Join health and fitness experts, medical professionals, and women like you to hear the concrete steps you can take today for better heart health.
Seven years ago I was teaching an exercise class when a stroke changed my life forever. I immediately lost my speech and my right side was paralyzed.
It was devastating. I had to relearn everything I had learned over a lifetime. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious long-term disability. I’m grateful that I recovered, but others are not so lucky.
The AHA’s “Go Red for Women” movement celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.
I was born healthy, but at four weeks old, I was diagnosed withcardiomyopathy, a condition in which a viral infection weakens the heart. Through medical advancements, I survived those first critical weeks.
A simple thank you is not enough to show my gratitude to the AHA, the organization that helped save my life and helps make miracles realities for so many living with heart disease in the U.S.
Words cannot describe the fact that the American Heart Association has helped give me life, a chance to dance on my school’s dance team and reach my senior year of high school.
I am a woman, a cardiology registered nurse, and a nursing professor -- and I have heart disease. At the age of 47, while walking up a hill, I experienced some chest discomfort and tingling down my left arm.
After a series of tests, I found that I have microvascular disease. Although I have periodic episodes of chest pain, I can medically manage my disease. I even completed two half marathons since then.
I’m a participant in three research studies, I’m politically active in Washington, I educate other women in our community, and I founded a support group for women with heart disease.
During a very stressful meeting at work, I began to have pains down my right arm and in my neck/jaw areas. I continued to not feel well but I drove myself home anyway.
After spending the night still not feeling well, my doctor sent me to the hospital. I was told that I had suffered a heart attack and underwent an immediate angioplasty. Due to stress, one of my arteries had suffered a spasm, causing my heart attack.
What still concerns me is that my delay in acting could have resulted in more damage to me or harm to others while I was driving.
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