‘The Queen of Daytime’ shares how early diagnosis and intervention can save lives

Susan Lucci has made it her mission to take her good fortune to help other women pay better attention to their bodies today with the help of the American Heart Association.
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And now from an unsuspecting young mother to a very youthful and fit woman in her early seventies. This is a woman whose relationship to drama has defined a long and illustrious career in front of the cameras. We turn now to the story of eleven actress Susan Lucci since going to a real life personal cliffhanger involving her own heart health and 2018. Susan Lucci wants everyone to know how early diagnosis. And intervention can save lives. I could not push this up I couldn't deny. This pressure. I was very surprised to be at the hospital Emmy award winning actress Dellucci were billing her help heart scare. Hi I'm Susan Lucci I am an actress yes. And I am a heart survivor. State. And I think I resumed in very good health and always had been. In fact I advancement Harper's bazaar to do lay out with no touch ups in debating it. That's scary to hate us. Or what and the first incident I had was at the beginning of October. My husband error in a restaurant. I felt this might pressure on my chest high wrote it off there was nothing but the second time it happened was a couple weeks later and I remember thinking why to I have. I knew for autonomous avenue for on and I knew I just what this third time this. I was university. And I felt what I had heard a woman describing a TV interview what she had felt. Was like in our attention pressing on her chest. And in fact that's what I was feeling. I was scared at the same time I couldn't believe it. If he'd been relay is an extension came it to the hospital Friday night. The artery that Susan had involved in a problem was called the widow maker because. If you have a blockage in an artery and that artery would close it would cause a significant amount of damaging to be. Fatal heart attack gearing that I had a nine U percent blockage in my main artery and a 75% blockage in the adjacent artery. But not cholesterol and it turned out to be a calcium blockage. Which Susan's case to proceed U is very complex. Optical coherence tomography or OCT. Is a game changer in treating coronary artery disease OCT lets me figure out exactly a decisive stent in both branches. And exactly where to place them to get the most. Optimal long term result. It's completely mind to me how wonderfully sciences. I was released by news it. And as I was leaving doctors it to me how important it was that went to cost and that no one needs to dive. If they simply packed. On Peterson's. I came out of the hospital. Knowing that I had a mission. Hey everybody it's national Wear red day. With the American Heart Association I've had the opportunity to get the message out to women to put themselves on their to do list. To listen to their bodies. And if their bodies are not behaving. In a way which is enough for them. To act on sentence. And family history is very important my dad who I adored he was Harry athletic. But he died of heart disease. If Susan didn't come to us when she had their pain I suspect she would have had a life threatening heart attack at some point in the near future. It took a long time for it to sinking. The gravity. Very lucky and grateful. Very great fun. And thank you for that season and doctor schlock nets for being such great ambassadors for awareness. Susan's experience is yet another key reminder of how timely visit to your doctor's office. Or the emergency room conceive your life.

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