“I want to let other people – women, particularly young women – know that it is possible for someone who always exercises and has always said no to questions like: ‘Do you smoke? Do you do recreational drugs? Do you have a family history? Do you have any of this or any of that?’ to need the Heart Institute. I always answered ‘no’ because that was the truth; I am someone who answered no to all those risk factors and still suffered a massive heart attack and subsequent heart failure. I think if it can happen to me – and this is so cliché, but it’s so true – it can happen to anyone. So, what is important to me right now is that the young women in Canada – and globally too for that matter – understand that this can happen. To be aware of the signs and the symptoms and to not delay, to take action, and to make lifestyle changes if that’s required. Check your bias at the door because it is not always how it goes. If you spend any time at the Heart Institute, yes, there are classic people that you would expect to see there. And for someone young to see all that is very overwhelming and to understand where they fit in is very overwhelming. But there are a lot of people like me. It’s very important that a: they don’t feel alone and b: those who haven’t suffered are aware that this could happen to them. I do believe that the Heart Institute does a different kind of work and it is so important to know they are there.”
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