September 19, 2019
Women and Heart Disease Prevention: Yaskary’s Story

Women and Heart Disease Prevention: Yaskary’s Story


Yaskary: I ALWAYS HEARD THAT MY MOM HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR HIGH CHOLESTEROL. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU JUST HEARD THE RUMORS IN THE FAMILY, BUT NEVER REALLY WAS DONE ABOUT IT. MY MOTHER DIED AT 38 OF A HEART ATTACK WHEN I WAS ONLY 15. MY SISTER WAS 13. MY AUNT WAS 33 WHEN SHE HAD OPEN-HEART SURGERY, AND SHE DIED AT 41. I’M TRULY HONORED TO BE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN. I HAD BEEN FEELING A VERY MILD KIND OF PRESSURE ON MY LEFT SHOULDER — VERY MILD. ANYBODY WOULD NOT EVEN THINK ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. BUT KNOWING WHERE I WAS COMING FROM, I TOOK THE ACTION. I HAD MULTIPLE BLOCKAGES, AND THEY JUST COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HOW I WAS EVEN ABLE TO WALK OR BREATHE DUE TO THE LEVEL OF BLOCKAGES THAT I HAD. IT’S NOT AN EASY NEWS, AND THE NEXT DAY, I DID GO FOR QUINTUPLE-BYPASS SURGERY. ONE RISK FACTOR THAT WE CAN’T CONTROL IS OUR FAMILY HISTORY, OUR GENES. UNTIL MY MOM DIED AND HER SISTER DIED AT A VERY YOUNG AGE, THAT’S WHEN THERE WAS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR ME, BECAUSE THIS DISEASE IS THERE. THE GENES ARE THERE. AS WOMEN, WE NEED TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR OWN LIFE, FOR OUR OWN WELL-BEING. WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL WELL, GO TO YOUR DOCTOR. WE CANNOT JUST AVOID CONFRONTING OUR REALITY OR JUST LET FEAR INVADE OUR LIVES AND OUR VISION. WE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE AND TAKE ACTION. [ Voice breaking ] I TRULY, TRULY MISS MY MOM. IF I HAD MY MOM WITH ME RIGHT NOW, I WOULD TELL HER TO TRULY TAKE THIS DISEASE SERIOUSLY, BECAUSE ANYTHING IN LIFE CAN BE REPLACED, EXCEPT A HUMAN LIFE. SO, THIS HEART TRUTH CAMPAIGN IS A FORTUNATE WAY OF REACHING OUT AND EMPOWERING WOMEN TO TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR LIVES AND KNOW THEIR RISK FACTORS AND THEIR FAMILY HISTORY, JUST AS I HAVE. IT HAS MADE A GREAT DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE. WE ARE ALIVE. WE ARE POWERFUL. EVEN LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE EVERY DAY, WE CAN MAKE IT. WE CAN GO FORWARD.

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  1. I was watching your video and I have got heart disease and my uncle was only 33 when he passed away from it do you know anything what I should do I want to change my life and I have 2 young children I want to stay with them both and I don't want to die I am so scared can you give me guides.and I cry all the time with it please can you please help me

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