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What Susan Lucci’s Heart Disease Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

Updated on September 06, 2022
Article written by
Anika Brahmbhatt

Former “All My Children” star Susan Lucci had another stent placed in early 2022, after having stents placed in 2019. By sharing her experiences, Lucci is contributing to awareness and discussion of cardiac diagnoses, especially among women, and helping others with heart disease feel less alone.

In 2019, Lucci told “Good Morning America” that she was stunned to discover that she had two blocked arteries, requiring the stent placement. The procedure entails inserting a small metal or plastic tubes in a narrowed blood vessel to improve blood flow. Lucci spoke to “GMA​” again in February 2022: “I thought, ‘This is crazy. These are the same kind of symptoms that I had three years ago, but it can’t be’”

Lucci’s doctor instructed her to go to the emergency room where doctors discovered a blocked artery that required a stent. Her doctor later told “GMA” that if Lucci had waited, she could have had a cardiac emergency.

“Listen to your heart and act,” Lucci encouraged “GMA” viewers.

Stenting is a common topic on MyHeatDiseaseTeam. “Stents saved my life,” one member wrote. “Had stents put in this past Wednesday,” another commented.

Members Make the Community Stronger

Since MyHeartDiseaseTeam launched in 2016, we have grown to become more than 52,000 members strong — that’s a big room! Just as Susan Lucci’s announcement amplifies the voice of those with heart disease, each new member of MyHeartDiseaseTeam makes our community stronger.

Without a heart disease community, it can be easy to feel isolated, like you’re the only one struggling with symptoms like fatigue, chest pain, and dizziness. Whether you have spoken directly with other members or not, by joining MyHeartDiseaseTeam and reading shared experiences, you have become part of the community.

Here are a few easy actions you can take to welcome and support other members:

  • Hug or like someone’s post.
  • Say hello to a new member.
  • Add someone to your team.
  • Consider other ways to get started on MyHeartDiseaseTeam.

Together, we make a stronger community!

Talk With Others Who Understand

On MyHeartDiseaseTeam, more than 52,000 people living with heart disease come together to ask questions, give advice, and share their stories with others who understand life with heart disease.

Are you living with heart disease? Share your experiences in the comments below, or start a conversation by posting on your Activities page.

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Anika Brahmbhatt is an undergraduate student at Boston University, where she is pursuing a dual degree in media science and psychology. Learn more about her here.

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