Advocating for Women's Heart Health

Published 02/07 2014 06:18PM

Updated 02/07 2014 06:41PM

by Victoria Price

LUBBOCK, TX -- If you saw a lot of red on Friday, you weren't imagining things...February 7th was National "Go Red for Women" Day, to raise awareness for heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Unfortunately, it tends to go unnoticed or overlooked.

Pam Culp first learned about her heart disease when she was only a teenager.

"[The doctor] me that later in life, when I was about 30, I would have to have it fixed," she says.

Last July, she underwent open heart surgery to finally replace a faulty valve. But as it turned out, that was only part of the problem.

"They also found an aneurysm," she says. "And of course when you hear the word 'aneurysm'...I just totally shut down. Never heard anything else after he said that."

A photographer for the Susan B. Komen foundation, Pam spent years working with breast cancer survivors. When the tables were turned -- she says they had her back, through and through.

"Being around those survivors, they're like, my lifeline," according to Culp. "And when they're sending me pictures on Facebook, 'hey we're wearing red for you.' That rocks."

Now, she's working to raise awareness about a cause that's very near and dear to her heart. Right now, eight million American women are battling heart disease.

"As long as we can get the red out there. People are going to say 'Hey, why is everybody wearing red?' And then we can help educate them more."

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