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Heart Health: Cataula woman survives serious heart attack and shares her story

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February is American Heart Month. The American Heart Association has Life’s Simple 7, or seven steps we can take to lower our risk of heart disease. Susan Pitts of Cataula, Georgia takes these steps seriously today.

Pitts suffered a heart attack at the age of 46 on March 14, 2013. The symptoms appeared much sooner, several weeks before.

"I was having some chest pains because they scared me a little bit.,“ said Pitts.

Her doctor performed an EKG and made a future appointment for her with a cardiologist. But as the hours wore on the pain got worse.

"That night, you know, went to work, continued to have chest pains, off and on. My daughter and I went out to eat. Came home and right about the time I was getting out of the car, they just got really bad.”

So it was off to the emergency room where they repeatedly drew her blood to look for the presence of enzymes to indicate she had had a heart attack. A heart catheterization revealed trouble, 99 percent blockage in her artery.

Since the heart attack Susan has upped her exercise routine, increased her fruit and vegetable intake, and added more fish to her diet. It’s a page taken straight out of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7. She’s lost ten pounds, and manages her cholesterol and blood pressure. To learn what you can do, visit http://mylifecheck.heart.org/AboutUs.aspx?NavID=2&CultureCode=en-US and take the “My Life Check” Assessment to get on your way to a healthier lifestyle.


Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

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