American Heart Association Celebrates National Wear Red Day

Go Red For Women's goal this year is the raise $2M.

"You can control it so much by your diet and exercise and just changing your life style", said Peck.

Part of that healing process is speaking up about what a heart attack feels like in a woman; critical signs she dismissed that almost killed her. Many people, including Youngblood and the other persons interviewed live by Channel 7, wore red on Friday. "I ate great. I worked out".

"Neck fatigue, neck pain, as unusual as ear discomfort", said Parkland Cardiologist Dr. Satyam Sarma.

"I never suspected it was my heart, ever", she says, "I thought it was something I caught down south". "I was in the hospital here at Carolinas doing some tests, and I felt like I had the world's worst heartburn".

Some of the American Heart Association volunteers involved with the project have first-hand experience with congenital heart defects. "It doesn't matter your age, it doesn't matter what you look like, it doesn't matter who you are, what you do, heart disease when it hits, it hits", Parcell said. "'You have a rare condition called SCAD'". The advantages? It delivers accurate doses and is less likely to cause inflammation and blood clots. She's the first child for Keenan Hurd and Maranda Sharp. She says it was a very nonintrusive surgery - only in the hospital for one day.

"It can happen to even the fittest of people", Davidson said.

After almost two weeks in the hospital, Sherlock recovered and is trying live an even healthier lifestyle now. Hundreds of women learned about effective strategies to manage their risks for heart attack and stroke at every stage of their lives.

"I had a hole in the upper chamber of the heart and it was two times larger than it was supposed to be", Davis said.

  • Joanne Flowers