My Heart Health Story: Theresa Zamora

February is American Heart Month. Since 2004 – together with our customers and colleagues – Macy’s has given more than $69 million to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and the fight for women’s heart health. This year, we will team up once again to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity to women’s overall health, and to provide easy, accessible tools and resources to inspire women to get active.

As a national supporter of Go Red for Women, Macy’s is sharing the stories of three colleagues whose battles with heart disease illustrate the importance of the Go Red for Women movement. Our last story comes from a colleague in Tempe, Arizona.

Theresa Zamora, finance coordinator, Macy’s Credit and Customer Service (MCCS)

My name is Theresa Zamora. I am a finance coordinator at Macy’s Credit and Customer Service (MCCS) West, and I was born with a heart defect.

I had my first open heart surgery at the age of seven, where they repaired the hole in my heart in an effort to reinforce my aortic valve. I had my second surgery in 1991 – four months before my wedding. I was given a Bovine valve, which made it possible for me to have three beautiful children without complications.

At the age of 40, my valve needed to be replaced for the second time. During this surgery, my heart refused to start up again. I was flown to UCLA Medical Center, where I received a heart transplant. I was blessed to receive the gift of a heart from an 18-year-old boy.

Eight months later, my transplanted heart rejected. I did not have enough time to get back to UCLA. The wonderful doctors at MAYO Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona were able to step up to the challenge and save my transplanted heart.

I am now going on 13 years with my new heart. Thanks to the research and developments made by organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA), I have been able to live a full life. I campaigned as a child helping to raise money for AHA and, as soon as I was old enough, registered to be an organ donor. I never dreamed I would one day need an organ donation myself. Because of my wonderful outcome, many of my family members have also decided to be organ donors. I am very grateful for the dedication of the American Heart Association, I always wear red on Go Red Day in February (2/1), and I’m proud to sport the red dress pin year-round.

 

 

What You Need to Know about Heart Health

  • Physical activity reduces women’s overall risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • The American Heart Association and Federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adult women get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (or an equivalent combination) per week AND perform muscle strengthening activities at least two days per week.
  • In the United States, only one in five women are getting the recommended amount of physical activity (both aerobic and strength training) under federal guidelines.

 

Join us by rounding up your in-store purchase to the nearest dollar (up to $.99), donating your change to Go Red for Women.

 

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