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Susan Lucci spoke to “Good Morning America” about her battle with heart disease on Monday’s show.
The 75-year-old told host Amy Robach that she recently underwent emergency heart surgery for the second time and explained how she recognized the symptoms.
“I was kind of short of breath,” the ‘All My Children’ star shared, adding that she felt discomfort around her rib cage and back. “I thought, It’s crazy. These are the same types of symptoms I had three years ago, but it can’t be.
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“But when I lay down I started to feel a sharp throbbing pain in my jaw.”
She called her doctor, who told her to go to the emergency room.
Lucci underwent another surgery and told viewers that while women don’t want to bother anyone, it’s important that you listen to your body.
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The actress, who champions the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, insisted, “Listen to your heart and take action. [the symptoms].
“Give yourself permission to take good care of yourself. Be your best friend. Be your own advocate. You will save your life.
Lucci’s comments come after she told ET’s Katie Krause in 2019 about her first surgery: ‘I don’t think I realized how urgent it was until they told me how urgent it was.
“I had a slight pressure on my chest last October a few times and it went away, and since I’ve never had any health issues, I thought it was nothing. And then the third Once it happened I was looking for a birthday present for a girlfriend in a boutique and it was overwhelming, I felt like an elephant was pressing on my chest.