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Survivor Stories: Cindy
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"I didn't recognize the significance of my family history as a risk factor for heart disease.  I was healthy, fit.  And after feeling faint during my daily workouts I underwent a stress test, and was told I was fine.  

I had made a resolution to racewalk in every race sponsored by our area's running club.  Five months after the stress test, I competed in the sixth race of the season.  Two hours after crossing the finish line, I suffered a heart attack due to a full blockage in the right anterior descending artery.  I ignored my symptoms and waited three days before going to the doctor.  He told me I'd had a heart attack. 

After my recovery I turned again to my commitment to race.  I competed (and won) a 5K just two months after my heart attack.  Almost five years later I still racewalk, entering almost every race in my area.  I hope that by competing I am showing those with heart disease that life can go on." 

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