Julie Fennel didn’t think she was at risk for heart disease. But five years ago, she was enjoying a meal with her family at a restaurant in downtown Fargo when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest.
Fortunately for Julie, her daughter Stephanie was a nursing student at that time, and Stephanie and her boyfriend Ryan didn’t lose any time giving Julie CPR. Julie’s husband Tom called 911. The Fargo Fire Department arrived with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and shocked Julie six times. Julie was rushed to the hospital, where she received an implanted defibrillator.
So many wonderful things have happened in the past five years for Julie, who works at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) in Medical Management. She was able to see Stephanie and Ryan marry. On Saturday, April 21, they’ll be in Fargo with their 13-month-old son when Julie is honored at the Red River Valley Heart Walk as the 2012 heart survivor.
Julie said she never imagined that she would go into cardiac arrest and that she’s thankful the American Heart Association has been instrumental in providing research for all the devices and technology that helped save her life.
Are you at risk for heart disease?
Have you ever wondered if you’re at risk for heart disease? You can find out with the American Heart Association’s new health assessment tool, My Life Check. Chances are you might be. According to the association, in a recent survey nearly 40 percent of people thought they were in ideal heart health. But less than 1 percent of Americans have an ideal profile.
Red River Valley Heart Walk and 5K Fun Run
BCBSND is proud to sponsor the 5K Fun Run at the Red River Valley Heart Walk. Registration for the 5K and walk starts at 9 a.m. at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Avenue South in Fargo on Saturday, April 21. The walk starts at 10 a.m.
Come join Julie at the walk and support the American Heart Association.