February is Heart Awareness Month. It’s important to be aware of your risk for heart disease before it’s too late. Philly311’s Leigh-amber wanted to share a story about how her friend Alanna was affected:
“On a gorgeous spring day in April, Alanna Gardner set out to run the annual Organ Donors Awareness Dash with hundreds of others. As she crossed the finish line, she collapsed suffering from a massive heart attack. Alanna was only 25 years old. Within an hour she was rushed to the hospital and revived but we (her family and friends) were told to make funeral arrangements. Two days after the race, Alanna showed us that she was going to make it. She winked and did a little dance in between her sedated state. She’d suffered from an anomalous left coronary artery from birth, which meant her left coronary was misplaced, but hadn’t shown symptoms since childhood. Although she had this problem from birth, her heart was never checked. Now in adulthood, it almost killed her. She underwent bypass surgery a month later. Alanna has since recovered and started a business called Philadelphia MFT. Her business offers therapy to people with mental health distress and illness.”
If you have any questions for Alanna about her heart health or business, she warmly invites emails at: AlannaGardner@PhiladelphiaMFT.com
To learn more about heart disease in women, please visit the Go Red for Women website.