ST. CHARLES, MO. (KPLR) - Women filed into the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center to fight heart disease and to put themselves first on their long to-do lists.
They attended the "Her Heart: Every Beat Counts" health event. The ladies got health screenings ad learned more about the leading cause of death among American women. Doctors from the SSM Heart Institute said a lot of women carried myths about the symptoms of a heart attack, and that those myths could be deadly.
"They think it falls into the classic elephant-on-the-chest type of symptoms,' said SSM Cardiologist Dr. Sara Baig. 'But sometimes, it can be very subtle in women and very different. And, we just don't want to risk people ignoring signs that could risk their life."
Susan Hortiz, of the WomenHeart support group, suffered a heart attack in May of 2012 and recently underwent bypass surgery. She urged busy ladies to take care of themselves.
"I have a 15-year-old son that needs me every day,' she explained. 'That was something that was in the back of my head saying, 'You need to go to the doctor, because something's not right.' So, I went to the doctor and found out I was having a heart attack and I had no clue."
SSM is hosting another health event later this month.
Her Heart: Every Beat Counts
Saturday, February 23, 2013
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Orlando Gardens Banquet Center
8352 Watson Rd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119