One Women's Heartfelt Story from the Hadassah Convention 2014
One Woman’s Heartfelt Story
From the Every Beat Counts Heart Health Panel, Convention 2014
Even many doctors do not recognize symptoms of heart disease in women
Lori Kupetz—early thirties, wife, mother of two young daughters—was hiking with friends when she felt a pain in her chest that was so sharp it stopped her in her tracks. After a while, the pain subsided and the friends continued hiking. This happened three more times during their outing. Concerned, Lori went to her doctor, who could find nothing wrong. The pains became more frequent, even without exercising. Lori saw a cardiologist who also found nothing wrong; he sent her to a gastroenterologist. Thus it went for more than a year. Lori was finally told that she needed antidepressants.
By chance, Lori saw a newspaper article about Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, Director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Lori made an appointment. Dr. Merz conducted several tests and sent Lori directly to the hospital from her office; she could not chance Lori going home. The following day, Lori had triple bypass surgery. Her left main coronary artery was 99% blocked.
That was eight years ago. Today, Lori tells her survival story often to educate women about heart disease. She is happily helping her older daughter apply to college and cheering her younger daughter’s soccer team.