Heart Attack Survivor Urges Awareness

by Sherri Maloney

No one expects to have a heart attack. Especially if you are a healthy, active 41-year-old mother.

Two years ago, I suffered my heart attack. It had been a busy time of year-we had gotten through the holidays and I had been battling a terrible cold for weeks. I felt exhausted and run-down, but thought that was to be expected. However on January 3, 2011, my life changed forever. I woke up feeling nauseous and tired. As the day progressed, I started to feel tightness in my chest and tingling in my arm. I went to the emergency room and was shocked to hear that I had 100 percent blockage in an artery and needed emergency surgery. I received two stents that ended up saving my life.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans and claims nearly 22,500 NJ lives annually. Yet, research suggests that nearly 80 percent of cardiac events may be preventable if certain risk factors are controlled. That’s why it’s so important that we support the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association’s mission which helps save lives-lives like mine.

I hope you join me on Saturday, June 1st at Oak Ridge Park in Clark at the annual Greater Union County Heart Walk in the fight against heart disease and stroke. It’s a day to celebrate life, take a heart-healthy walk and support the American Heart Association. Register today by visiting www.unionheartwalk.org or call the American Heart Association at 609-208-0020.

Together, I know that we can end heart disease and stroke.

Maloney is a Union Township resident and anĀ American Heart Association Survivor Ambassador.

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