10th annual Women's Heart Health Event

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) Today the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and the Cheyenne Regional Heart and Vascular Institute hosted the 10th annual Wake up to Women’s Heart Health Event.

The event was aimed at sharing ways women in the community can be more heart healthy as February is American Heart Month. A focus of today was what to do if you find yourself at the scene of someone having a heart attack and how to do hands-only CPR which will increase the chances of someone surviving a heart attack.

One speaker at the event was heart attack survivor Tracy Perko, an instructor at LCCC. She shared her story with the group and said that the paramedics told her she was having a fatal event. Her heart attack happened just a few days before her daughter’s high school graduation last May. Perko had stents put in at CRMC to open up the clog that was causing her attack and she was able to attend her daughter’s graduation ceremony.

Perko now eats a heart healthy diet and exercises regularly. She credits cardiac rehab for teaching her the importance of exercise after her heart attack.

The Wake up to Women’s Heart Health Event took place at 1 p.m. at Laramie County Community College.