Heart attack survivor shares her story to raise awareness

4th annual luncheon is a big success
Heart attack survivor shares her story to raise awareness
KOAM 2018

Heart disease prevention was the topic of an annual event today in Joplin.

The American Heart Association held their fourth annual “Go Red for Women” luncheon.

The event features testimony from people impacted by heart disease, a heart healthy lunch and a silent auction.

The main purpose of the event is to spread awareness of heart disease.

Kayla Moore, American Heart Association:”We invite women and men out in the community to join us to help fight heart disease for women. Heart disease is the number one killer for women, so today is all about rallying around you mom, your sister, your aunts, and grandmas, all the women in your life, and bringing awareness.”

Another big part of the luncheon was testimony from Joplin resident Kristi Seibert, who is the survivor of a heart attack.

Seibert:”I am a survivor of a widow maker heart attack, which occurred on October 2nd, 2011. I have nine stints in my heart, and one of the side effects from all of that was an anoxic brain injury, so I’ve spent the last 5 years regaining my short term and long term memory.”

Seibert was the featured speaker at the luncheon — sharing her story of a 2007 breast cancer diagnosis.. and only a few years later suffering that heart attack while undergoing an outpatient procedure.

Seibert:”It shocked all of us. I was only 54. Me being at the right place at the right time with the right people around me to save my life.. I should not be here.”

Now, she volunteers with the American Heart Association so other women can be more proactive against the disease that — according to the CDC– is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.

Moore:”We just want to teach women that you need to take care of yourself. Don’t ignore the signs, know the signs and don’t ignore them.”

Seibert:”Be very proactive because you know there is a whole family and friends around you depending on you to live, so if you don’t do it for yourself, do it for everyone around you that loves you and needs you.”

Over the last 5 years, the American Heart Association has raised 12-million dollars in Missouri for research and awareness.