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All of Our Stories Are Red: Yaskary's Story

Apr 11, 2014

Yaskary had lost her mother, father, and aunt to heart disease. And she knew that her life would be no exception unless she took action. At 49, she felt a mild chest pain, and hours later, underwent a quintuple bypass. Having just one risk factor increases your chance of developing heart disease, and Yaskary knows her life was spared because she understood the risk she inherited. Today she is proud to spread the word about heart disease in women. For her, the scar on her chest serves as a symbol of life.

The Heart Truth is a national campaign for women about heart disease and is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).