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Kea Glennon-Freds

Lansing resident Kea Glennon-Freds, 67, was in local lunch spot when she began to experience jaw pain and nausea. She asked an employee to call her daughter-in-law, who took her to the St. Lawrence campus ER. Glennon-Freds was informed she had a stroke, and blockage was suspected in her heart. At first, she was unsure whether or not to postpone a scheduled trip to Florida, but her doctor strongly advised against it. Instead, a heart catheterization was recommended.

"I said no, because I was scheduled to fly to Florida and spend a week at the Villages, which is for senior citizens. They have this great restaurant where you can do ballroom dancing," Glennon-Freds said. "The doctor got me in the next day and said, ‘I guarantee you have a blockage.' He wanted me to do a heart cath. I said, ‘What's the worst case scenario?' He said, "if you get on that plane, the pressure in the cabin will cause you to have a heart attack."

Glennon-Freds is now winning her battle against heart disease since following her doctor's advice after a 95 percent blockage was discovered in her coronary artery. "They put a stent in. I was fine afterward. I had a good experience with the heart catheterization lab, and the personnel. I wondered to myself, ‘Why didn't I want to have this done?' It was no big deal. In fact, it was a blessing," she said. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women by natural causes in the United States.

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