Heart health: Survivor volunteers, shares story

Posted at 7:40 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 19:41:03-05

February is officially here and that means it is time to play closer attention to the “lub-dub” of your heart, especially for women.

Lori Fruk is a heart attack survivor and a volunteer for the American Heart Association.

Heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of women in the United States.The disease kills nearly one in three women each year according to the American Heart Association (AHA).That is about one woman every 80 seconds.

Lori Fruk refused to become another statistic.

"Yes, I had a heart attack, but I am a survivor," she said.

On February 9, 2015, Lori went to the hospital; she thought she had bronchitis.

"I was real lethargic, but I just thought it was winter time," says Fruk. " I didn't know it was a heart attack."

With proper diet and exercise, she changed her life.

This past November, she had a perfect electrocardiogram , a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart.

Her results showed she had a healthy heart.

The Go Red Movement started 13 years ago when the American Heart Association realized American women were dying each year of cardiovascular disease.

Lisa Choate, Director of Operations for the American Heart Association (AHA) , says as the AHA did research, they realized many women were not aware.

The AHA encourages all women to know their five numbers : total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, or good cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and your body mass index, or BMI.