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See Red to Save Lives

February 4, 2010

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The American Heart Association says heart disease kills around 450,000 women every year - about one woman a minute. That's why Lisle, Illinois, resident, Mary Wenclawski, 57, considers herself lucky. For several months, Wenclawski experienced mild discomfort in her upper chest. She doesn't smoke, she's not overweight, and she exercises regularly. After tests proved inconclusive for heart problems, her doctors put her on medication for acid reflux.

Five months later, Wenclawski was completely surprised by a heart attack in the middle of a tennis match.

"One second I was playing tennis, and the next second I woke up in a hospital bed. I don't remember feeling bad leading up to it."

She credits the tennis club owner with saving her life, by administering CPR with an automated external defibrillator (AED). She's wearing red on Friday to remind women to pay attention to subtle symptoms, because she says if it happened to her, it could happen to them.

Wenclawski says before the heart attack, she had been thinking of going back to the doctor, but the discomfort had not been that bad. She feels very lucky to be alive, she adds.

"It's hard for me to believe I'm talking about myself. When I think about all the places that it could have happened where there wouldn't have been an AED, or I would have been alone, that's the scary part."

Naperville cardiologist Dr. Ann Davis says symptoms of heart disease can be as subtle as fatigue, sweating or something that feels like indigestion. Therefore, Davis says, women need to trust their instincts and doctors need to listen carefully.

"Not everyone has to tell you an elephant is sitting on their chest. We need to be more aggressive and look more for heart disease because it is the number one killer of women... and men."

Because lifestyle changes can help prevent heart disease, Davis has done a lot of hard work on herself, eating healthy food and exercising. Davis lost 100 pounds, she says, to improve her health and to be a good example for her patients.

More information is available at www.goredforwomen.org.

Mary Anne Meyers, Public News Service - IL