Pamela Hirata, Hawaii
My life as a mother and co-worker is the norm. In my mid 30's I suffered three sudden cardiac arrests. There were no warning signs and no family history of cardiovascular disease. Like many I thought heart disease was for old people with poor health. Now I'm aware that anyone, at any age can have a sudden cardiac arrest. I am more aware of my heart health and have made changes to my lifestyle by increasing daily activity. I'm living proof that fighting for policy changes and funding for continued cardiovascular disease research works. I want future Hawaii residents to enjoy a heart healthier life.