Heart Attack Survivor Inspires Others
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CREATED Sep. 17, 2013
Omaha, NE - Every Sunday you'll hear music pumping in Stinson Park. Everyone is welcome to take part in Zumba classes.
The organizer is Reina Walls, a woman who hopes to get her community healthy. You may have an image of what a heart attack survivor looks like. You likely wouldn't picture Walls. Yet she is a heart attack survivor.
As she headed into work at MUD two years ago, she says her heart stopped beating. She credits her coworkers for helping save her life. Walls told us, "immediately they started CPR, and when they found the CPR didn't help, they ran and got the AED device."
Doctor Atul Ramachandran saw Walls when she came into Alegent Creighton Health's Bergan Mercy Medical Center. He says Walls had a heart attack known as "the widow attack." He cleared the blockage.
Dr. Ramachandran says it's key that everyone, including women, pay attention to what our bodies are telling us. He said, "Sometimes women, instead of getting classic chest pains, may get some other symptoms like shortness of breath or back pain."
Walls has taken her new lease on life to start an organization called Healing Tender Hearts. She says it's important to help others understand that heart disease can strike anyone. "I guess God blessed me to be able to give this message to other people because I don't look like the typical so that helps people go 'hey, I better be careful that can happen to me.'"
She plans to hold the free Zumba classes at 11 a.m. at Stinson Park through late October. The classes are free, but they welcome donations.