I Was Too Busy for Heart Disease Until It Almost Killed Me
In the fall of 2006, Vicki Riedel felt more tired than usual. Riedel, the executive director of development at the Emory University Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, had always been pretty athleticshe’d played on a tennis team the previous fallbut she started to feel a mild tightness in her chest when she climbed stairs. It crossed her mind that her symptoms could be heart-related, but she was busy with work and family at the time and dismissed the thought.
By the end of the year Riedel had undergone an angioplasty to remove a major blockage in one of her coronary arteries; she had been this close to a heart attack.
The following slideshow tells Riedel’s story, from diagnosis to treatment to recovery.
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