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The Suburbanite
  • Mercy Heart Center goes red for women’s heart health

  • Cherie Palicka went to work in Canal Fulton on Sept. 12 thinking it was like any other work day. She clocked in at 11 a.m. Within 15 minutes, she began to feel a burning sensation in her neck and mentioned it to her supervisor.

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  • Cherie Palicka went to work in Canal Fulton on Sept. 12 thinking it was like any other work day. She clocked in at 11 a.m. Within 15 minutes, she began to feel a burning sensation in her neck and mentioned it to her supervisor.
    “I didn’t have any symptoms before going to work,” Palicka said. “After I got there, I didn’t feel well. I sat down and the burning and numbness started traveling down my left arm. I told my supervisor I thought I was having a heart attack and she called 911.”
    The Canal Fulton Fire Department responded to the 911 call. A three-man crew arrived and put Palicka in an ambulance. They started her on an EKG and told her they were taking her to Mercy Heart Center.
    “When they said we were going to Mercy, I knew then it was a heart attack,” Palicka said.
    She was sent to the Mercy Heart Catheterization Lab where, in fewer than five or six minutes, patients go from the door of the emergency room to receiving balloon angioplasty. The next day Palicka underwent quadruple bypass surgery. On Jan. 29, she was on stage with the emergency medical crew that saved her life as they received the STEMI (St-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award at the Mercy Heart Center Go Red for Women kickoff event.
    Crew members Ryan Osborne, Paul Hensley and Mike Wykoff attended the event along with community leaders and medical staff at Mercy to celebrate the Go Red campaign. Mercy is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer educational programs throughout the year and the month of February, which is American Heart Month.
    “Nationally, we are here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the “Go Red for Women” campaign,” said Gina Henke, director of communications with American Heart Association.  “The campaign has been in the area for five years. This is the first year we’ve had a champion in the Stark County community to help get messages about women’s heart health out into the community. We are excited to partner with Mercy Medical Center to accomplish this goal. We’re here today to kick off the partnership and to give the Canal Fulton EMS an award.”
    In a red-filled Mercy Hall, Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, kicked off the event.
    “As a nationally recognized heart center, we are proud to be a partner with the American Heart Association for the Go Red campaign,” Cecconi said. “Sponsorship of the ‘Go Red for Women’ initiative is a reflection of our hospital’s mission to be responsive to the needs of our community and educate our mothers, wives and sisters about heart disease.”
    The Go Red campaign was created by the American Heart Association to fight heart disease in women through education and research. Heart disease, according to research form the American Heart Association, is the number one killer of women. It claims more female lives than all forms of cancer combined.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mercy Medical will be holding several events through the month of February. For complete details, visit http://www.cantonmercy.org/GoRed.
    Fast facts about heart disease in women:
    • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
    • An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
    • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
    • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
    • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men and are often misunderstood.
    • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
    • Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
    •Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.
    Source: http://www.goredforwomen.org/
    Heart attack signs in women
    • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
    • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
    • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
    • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
    • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
    If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 911 and get to a hospital right away.
    Source: www.heart.org