After undergoing two heart surgeries in four years, Susan Lucci, a famous actress and soap opera icon, gave a health update.
According to People, the “All My Children” star stopped for an interview following Sunday’s 75th Annual Writers Guild Awards to inform fans that she is well after having a second heart procedure in January. Lucci had a stent placed in her artery recently and she reflected on her recovery. Lucci stated that it was so far so good. She said, “I was going to hear heart disease is the number-one killer of women.” It’s all there now.
Since his battle with heart disease, Lucci has been an ambassador for American Heart Association.
Lucci stated, “I’m doing really good.” “I keep an eye on my own progress, and what’s happening.”
She continued to share the frightening road that brought her to her new awareness of her own health.
Lucci stated that she felt intense, crushing chest pressure since Oct. 2018. She described feeling pain around her ribs.
The actress, 76 years old, admitted that she ignored her first symptoms.
“Like many women, I thought, “I have too much work to do.” She said it would go away. I didn’t want the cardiologist to bother me. “We care for our children, we advocate for our loved ones but we don’t have the time or resources to take care of ourselves.”
She said, “I didn’t realize how close to a fatal cardiac attack I came.”
Lucci suffered from a 90% blockage in her main artery, and needed emergency surgery. People reports that she later learned she had a genetic condition in her heart, which was passed down from her father. At that point, two stents had been placed.
Lucci admitted that she ate a lot of “comfort food,” during the pandemic, and said that it got worse in January. According to People, she experienced chest pain and found out that her 80% blockage required urgent care.
She now advocates for health awareness and encourages her fans to stay up-to-date on their medical checkups.
Lucci stated to People that it was important for everyone to understand their family history.
“I don’t believe I ever mentioned my father’s family history with a doctor.”
“I was almost ashamed to admit it and I didn’t want to talk about it.” It’s a reminder that we must be vigilant, Lucci told People.