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Soap Opera Icon Susan Lucci Shares Her Life-Saving Heart Story

Susan Lucci

Having played Erica Kane on “All My Children” for an astounding 41 years, Daytime Emmy winner Susan Lucci has fans the world over.

She is one of the most beloved actresses of all time.

A real-life drama led Lucci to the emergency room and now, she has a lifesaving story to share. Always eating a healthy diet and exercising up to seven times a week, a heart issue was the last thing on her mind two years ago when she started feeling a little tightness in her chest.  It went away and Susan thought nothing of it.  But, later, while purchasing a gift in a store, she told the salesperson that she felt like an elephant was standing on her chest. The salesperson was smart enough to get Susan to the local hospital where doctors found blockages in two arteries. They acted quickly putting in life saving stents that same day. Now, Susan wants every woman to know how they can prevent heart issues in their lives.

On select days in February, CVS Health, national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, is offering no-cost heart screenings in MinuteClinic locations nationwide.

Actress, television personality, and American Heart Association Go Red for Women national ambassador, Susan Lucci, and American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women volunteer medical expert, Dr. Jennifer Mieres spoke with The Daily Buzz about this important issue.

“I was so lucky and had a mild pressure in my chest. I ignored it and thought it would go away.  Later, the same thing happened and I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. Luckily I was shopping and a registered nurse asked me about my symptoms and she took me to the hospital,” said Lucci. “On the way, the symptoms subsided yet again.  And I thought the ER doctors would turn me away.  But, after testing, there were two arteries that were blocked.  Had I not listened to my body, I could have had a fatal heart attack.”

“Heart disease is the number one killer of women,” said Dr. Mieres. “80% of heart disease is preventable.  Know your blood pressure, know your cholesterol, as well as, your blood sugar and body mass index.”

“CVS has provided MinuteClinics, free of charge, the first three Thursday’s in February you can go there and get screened,” said Lucci.

Dr. Mieres recommends exercising, controlling stress levels, changing your diets to avoid processed foods and women need to get seven hours of sleep a night for heart healthy living.