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A Utah woman who survived a heart attack at 37 years old shares her story

Posted at 1:35 PM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 15:35:06-05

It was a week before Michelle Martinez's wedding reception and she spent the day on the ski hill.

But when she came home, she didn't feel well. Michelle says, "It felt like someone was standing on my chest."

After some convincing, she went to the emergency room and was immediately taken to surgery to have stints put in.

Michelle says it was a blessing that she was in good health and had good blood pressure when her heart attack happened, because it helped her recover more quickly.

But, many women aren't that lucky. 1 in 3 women will die from cardiovascular disease.

Friday, February 5 is National Wear Red Day and the American Heart Association is asking Utahns to join them and wear red to take a stand, prioritize their health and drive change.

In its 17th year, the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women® movement has funded life-saving women's research, advanced public health policy, championed closing gender gaps in research and STEM and created a platform for women to address their greatest health risk – cardiovascular disease.

You can learn more at heart.org.