Woman Says Heart Walk Saved Her Life


Story Updated: Apr 18, 2013

Donna Kinney knows first hand the importance of the American Heart Association's mission.

In fact, she goes as far as saying last year's North Country Heart Walk saved her life.

With both a late husband and father with cardiac issues, Kinney has had good reason to be involved in the annual heart walk. 

But it was last year's walk that she had her own wake up call. 

She wasn't feeling well and assumed it was her asthma.

But a blood pressure screening offer there determined her numbers were way up and a friend insisted she seek medical care.

"I wouldn't have gotten my blood pressure taken. I would have just taken off and gone home and probably died during the night," said Kinney.

The diagnoses was serious - congestive heart failure.

Later, it was determined to be caused by heart damage. 

A pacemaker-defibrillator has kept her going since. 

This year she is a heart walk inspirational honoree.

"I want other women to know that no matter how healthy they are that something like this can happen to them, because before that day, I thought I was healthy," said Kinney.

The walk is Saturday, April 27, starting at the Watertown Fairgrounds.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the one and three mile walks start at 10 a.m.

"This year we have more screenings. Samaritan is coming and doing glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure - normally, we've only had blood pressure," said Stacy Spaziani of the American Heart Association.

Organizers hope to raise $220,000.

For more information you can call 783-4116 or log onto northcountryheartwalk.org.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans.

By helping the American Heart Association, the life you save could be your own.

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