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Women's Heart and Sole a success
Monday, April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - More than 2,000 women walked or ran the streets of Columbia Saturday morning to raise money and awareness for the leading cause of death among American women.

The Providence Heart and Sole Women's Five Miler raises money and awareness for heart disease.

One of those who participated was Stacey Derrick, whose heart nearly killed her seven years ago.

A few weeks after giving birth, the unthinkable happened in front of her children.

"I was sitting on the floor with them one afternoon," said Derrick. "And I had this painful-I felt sick. It progressed into this painful squeezing sensation around my heart."

Derrick knew something was wrong.

"I called my husband and said you need to contact 911."

He rushed her to Providence Hospital where doctors told Stacey she had suffered a heart attack. She said doctors believe hormonal changes from giving birth triggered the pain.

They immediately went in to fix it.

"I have three end to end stents in my heart where the artery tore," she said. "This can happen to anyone."

Saturday, Derrick, her family, and girlfriends walked to bring awareness to heart disease.

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in South Carolina women and the numbers are even higher for women of color. According DHEC, more than 4,000 women died from the disease in 2009.

At 43, Derrick walks regularly to stay healthy for her family. It's a message she hopes every woman takes from her story.

"Just remember you're never too young to be a victim of heart disease," said Derrick. "Never too young to help prevent it. Do what you can to take care of yourself. It's so important."

WIS News 10 sponsored the event. Many ladies on the WIS staff participated and the men of WIS were at the finish line to hand out roses and entertain the crowd.

Organizers say participation for this year's event was the largest ever.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/17880224/womens-heart-and-sole-a-success

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