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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Rouge woman is using her personal struggle with heart disease to fight for the
health of other women as a national spokeswoman for the American Heart
Coco is a mother, a wife, a blogger and an employee of LSU. At just 32
years old, she is also the face of heart disease.
a normal EKG, normal blood pressure. My weight was good; all the signs
were okay," said Coco about the doctor's visit that changed her life.
"They did an echocardiogram, which is a sonogram of your heart, and it
showed that I only had 10 percent of my heart function. The diagnosis was
cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged,
much like a balloon that is over inflated. Coco explained that she was pregnant
with her daughter, Annie, when her mother was diagnosed with a hole in her
later, she decided to get checked out herself. Even with a family history of
heart disease, the Baton Rouge native never imagined she was in the final
stages of heart failure. Looking back, she says signs that something was wrong
were always there.
exhausted. But, my little girl just turned two. I was finishing my PhD full
time. I'm a wife. I work full time, and so all of those symptoms I had an
excuse," said Coco. "I'm exhausted; well I'm doing too much. My heart
is racing; I had too much caffeine. My feet are a little swollen; I really
shouldn't have eaten that fried shrimp po-boy."
those excuses are the reason so many women die each day from heart
disease is more than a heart attack. It's not just crushing pain to your chest.
It can be valve disease; it could be a leaky aorta. It could be anything. Women
just have to take their lives and their health seriously," said Coco.
ultimately need a heart transplant to survive. Meanwhile, a defibrillator
was implanted in her chest to keep her to monitor her heart rhythm, and she
takes about nine medications daily.
some days are better than others, but each day is a blessing that she tries to
live to the fullest with her husband and their four year old daughter.
her family has been a huge support. Her daughter, upon learning that her
mom needed a transplant, even suggested that they go to the build a bear
factory where they could pick out a new heart.
just want her to know that her mother loved her more than anything," said
Coco. "Through the American Heart Association and because of my diagnosis
I think I'm going to be more than pictures on the wall at the end of the
got involved with the American Heart Association to be an advocate for women's
health. Now, she has been picked as one of ten national spokeswomen for the
2013 Go Red for Women Campaign.
She will be
a co-host of the Go Red launch party in New York City in February, and the
keynote speaker for the Capital Area Go Red event.
goal is to advocate for women's heart health, to start that conversation,
because if you don't have the conversation things are never going to
change," said Coco.
to the AHA, one in three women will be affected by heart disease in her
lifetime. Heart disease is also the number one killer of women, more than
any cancer or other condition. One reason for this, says Coco, is that
the symptoms for women are completely different than men.
she is living proof of why every woman should have a cardiovascular wellness
check. She also says; if you feel like something is wrong don't be afraid
to push for more tests or exams with your doctor.
your body and you know when something is off and something is wrong. You have
every right to find a doctor that will treat you the way you need to be
treated, that will run the tests that need to run. Maybe something won't come
out of it, but you have a right to do that," said Coco.
American Heart Association even has smart
apps that can be downloaded on your smart phone. These apps help with
everything from first aid to finding a walking path.
Go Red for Women Luncheon will be February 22, 2013, at the Baton Rouge River
Center. The AHA Capital Area hopes to reach an audience of more than 900 to
spread the word about heart health.