Meet Joan: cardiac arrest survivor and dedicated "You're the Cure" advocate.
hero_image_alt_text===Joan Acevedo and her husband.
Joan was a busy mom of 2 young children in 1998. While taking a shower one day, she had a feeling that something wasn’t right. Her 5 year old daughter was in the room with her and Joan asked her to go get her husband right before she collapsed.
Joan was in cardiac arrest. Her husband called 911. When emergency medical services arrived, they were able to revive Joan 6 times in a 45 minute period with an automated external defibrillator (AED) that was donated to EMS just weeks before.
Over the next few days, Joan had another massive heart attack while in the hospital where they discovered the tear in her coronary artery, leading to a triple by-pass.
Joan survived her ordeal and wanted to share her story so that others would learn the importance of reacting quickly during an emergency. She has been a Go Red for Women Survivor Ambassador for many years and is a member of the Central/Southern NJ Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. She is also a dedicated “You’re the Cure” advocate and recently traveled to Trenton to advocate for improved stroke care in NJ.