Susan Lucci urges women to look out for heart disease symptoms following health scare

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Soap opera star Susan Lucci is opening up about a recent heart health scare in hopes of sharing a message with other women to “listen to your symptoms and act on them.”

Lucci, who skyrocketed to fame for her role as Erica Kane, the matriarch on the long-running TV show All My Children, said she never thought she was at risk because she had spent no time in the hospital other than giving birth to her children.

Lucci revealed in an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America that her life recently took a dramatic, soap opera-esque turn when she discovered that by the time she was treated for her heart, one artery was already 90 percent blocked and the other was 75 percent blocked.

This past October, Lucci said she felt discomfort in her chest but ignored it, thinking, “It’s nothing. It’s gonna pass.”

Then, she said she felt it a third time.

“I was actually in a boutique,” she said. “And I suddenly felt what I had heard someone on a TV interview years ago, a woman says that she, leading up to a heart attack, had felt like an elephant was pressing on her chest.”

The store manager immediately drove Lucci to the hospital, where tests showed she had two blocked arteries that would require stents to be put in that night.

“I was just shocked,” Lucci told GMA, noting that if she hadn’t done this, a heart attack was likely imminent.

“I thank goodness that I was not home because had I been home,” she added, “I probably would’ve said, ‘Oh, I just need to lay down. I’ll have some water … then, I’ll feel fine.'”

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, according to the American Heart Association, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.

The disease came as a shock for Lucci because she said she eats a healthy diet and exercises six to seven days a week. She even spent a season working out on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Lucci said she later found out, “It was genetics for me, and stress.”

“I asked the doctor, ‘How is my heart? How is my actual heart?’ And he said, ‘Your actual — your heart is like the heart of a 20-year-old,'” she said. “He said it to me three times. So I believe him.”

The health scare “shook me up,” Lucci says. “It shook … my confidence in my health.”

Lucci said she thinks people often dismiss notable symptoms for so long in part because “we are so busy.”
“In a good way, nurturing the people we love in our family,” she added. “We are not on our own to-do list … and you think it will pass. And truly, my symptom of the elephant pressing on my chest and radiating around my back did pass.”

If there is one message she hopes others will glean from her health scare, Lucci said, “You just need to listen to your symptoms and act on them.”

ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton noted that heart disease affects women differently than men, in part because their average heart size is different (men’s hearts are about 11 ounces while women’s are about 9 ounces), but also because the pathology is slightly different based on gender.

When it comes to symptoms of heart disease, Ashton added that women should look out for chest pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, fatigue and shortness of breath.

If women experience any of these, they should assume the worst and seek medical attention immediately, Ashton added. She added that if you go to the emergency room, she recommends using the words, “I think I’m having a heart attack,” because even medical professionals often don’t think heart attack at first.

The good news, however, is that 80 percent of heart disease can be prevented with attention to lifestyle issues, according to Ashton.

Here are six lifestyle changes that can help prevent heart disease in women:

1. Weight management: Shedding off extra fat and unnecessary pounds will help reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton, according to the American Heart Association.

2. Not smoking: Smoking cigarettes is linked to a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA. The best thing you can do for your health is to quit.

3. Reducing stress: Stress can affect some of the factors linked to an increased heart disease risk, according to the AHA, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

4. Being active: Daily physical activity and an active lifestyle can help increase the length, and quality of your life, the AHA states on their website.

5. Knowing your health numbers (Blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.): As high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, and high cholesterol can contribute to plaque (which can lead to clogged arteries), being aware of your numbers is an important step to take when it comes to owning your heart health.

6. Medication: Ashton added that it is important to remember, however, that many people can do all the right things but still need medication for blood pressure or cholesterol.

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Colorado could join small list of states that includes consent in sex education curriculum

noipornpan/iStock(DENVER) — A controversial bill making its way through the Colorado legislature would add information about healthy relationships and consent to the state’s sex education curriculum.

Should the bill pass, Colorado would become only the ninth state in the U.S. to require teaching about consent as part of sex education in K-12 schools.

“Recognizing that even the adults in this building don’t understand personal boundaries, it’s a worthy conversation to start having with our kids,” said Rep. Susan Lontine, the Denver Democratic representative who introduced the bill, HB19-1032, and who last year filed a sexual harassment complaint against a fellow lawmaker.

“I think it’s really important that we start [teaching kids about consent] at a young age so they can advocate for themselves,” she said. “I can tell you from the conversations I’ve had with kids in the Denver area that is something they want.”

The topic of consent — when both partners agree to a sexual activity and understand what they’re agreeing to — has been in the spotlight thanks to the #MeToo movement and the sexual assault allegations faced by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which he has denied.

Lontine’s legislation, “Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education,” would update a 2013 law to bar promoting sexual abstinence as the sole preventive method for students and prohibit excluding the sexual experiences of LBGTQ students, among other things. It includes a $1 million grant for schools that choose to offer students a comprehensive sex education curriculum.

Though a hearing last week on the bill drew hundreds of people and lasted more than 10 hours, one of the least controversial parts of the bill appears to be the consent provision.

Lontine called it “one of the more important pieces of [the bill] that we’re not talking about.”

Candi Cushman, director of education issues and initiatives at Focus on the Family, a group that opposes the bill, said they take issue with the lack of parental involvement more than teaching about consent.

“I think where the controversy comes in is how are parents going to be involved in this,” she said. “There is concern that the legislation is crossing the line beyond just simply communicating to kids that assault is wrong, or what their boundaries are, but it’s crossing that line and getting into sexual experimentation without involving the parent all the time.”

Eight states require mention of consent in sex education

In most states, parents do not even have the chance to be included in conversations about teaching consent at their child’s school.

Only eight states and the District of Columbia require mention of consent or sexual assault as part of sex education, according to a 2018 study by the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan policy institute.

The eight states — California, Hawaii, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia — are among only 24 states in the U.S. that mandate sex education in public schools, according to the study.

The study also found that the majority of public school students in America don’t know how to identify behaviors that demonstrate healthy and unhealthy relationships.

“I think it’s still a really contentious issue and it kind of boils down to community norms around premarital sex, because that’s what we’re really talking about here,” said Catherine Brown, a study author and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “Some believe it’s giving permission for young people to have sex and that’s something they’re not comfortable with.”

Brown said she has noticed an uptick in states’ interest in adding consent and healthy relationships to their sex education curriculum because of #MeToo and last year’s high-profile Kavanaugh hearings, during which Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor, accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while they were in high school.

Efforts to add consent to the curriculum are most effective when they are started by students, according to Brown’s research.

“It’s a really exciting development,” she said. “They’re going out and talking to their legislators and they’re making change that will matter to them.”

Moira Lees, a seventh-grader in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is among the students pushing Colorado legislators to add consent to their sex ed curriculum. She was one of handful of students who testified in favor of the bill last week.

“I believe that consent is very important in relationships and just in the real world,” Moira, 14, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “I don’t think I’m the only middle schooler that wants to learn this stuff.”

Moira, whose mother also testified, was motivated to speak out after seeing language in her school’s dress code and her older brother’s sex education curriculum that she thought implied that clothes girls choose to wear can be consent for boys.

“Our dress code says that dresses should not be worn that distract from learning purposes and it’s really sexist,” she said. “I thought it was important [for legislators] to hear from a middle schooler’s point of view.”

The Colorado bill passed the Colorado House committee that Moira testified before last week and is now headed to the House Appropriations Committee.

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Video shows US-backed Afghan forces raiding Taliban prison

WORLD NEWS Video shows US-backed Afghan forces raiding Taliban prison

ABC News(NEW YORK) — In video shared with ABC News, Afghan forces can be seen storming a prison to rescue their own soldiers being held captive by the Taliban.

The night-vision footage of the raid showed Taliban fighters with their hands in the air.

ABC News and World News Tonight anchor David Muir visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan recently and spoke with top commander Gen. Scott Miller, who took ABC News to Camp Commando, a few miles south of Afghanistan’s capital.

There, U.S. Special Forces are training Afghan forces — it’s a move that the military considers an important part of any possible endgame in the war in Afghanistan.

During the raid, which occurred in January, Afghan forces stormed the Taliban’s Ghazni prison.

The Afghan soldiers lead the raid with support from coalition forces, according to a military public information officer. In the video, they are seen freeing the soldiers, who were chained to each other.

With support from the coalition and under Miller, Afghan forces are upping their fight against the Taliban.

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Posted On 06 Feb 2019

Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

WORLD NEWS Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Actress and human rights activist Angelina Jolie on Tuesday met with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee settlement.

This was Jolie’s first trip to Bangladesh as an UNHCR special envoy and the visit comes as the United Nations attempts to raise $920 million for the refugees.

The Rohingya people, who escaped brutal persecution at the hands of the Myanmar military, have fled into neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017.

“The people responsible for human rights violations must be held accountable for their actions,” Jolie said. “While UNHCR is ready to support efforts to improve conditions, there have been very little progress on the ground. The Rohingya cannot return to Myanmar at this time.”

Jolie said she would stand with the men, women and children who escaped the violence.

“I want to say, I am humble and proud to stand with you today,” she said. “You have every right to live in security, to be free and practice your religion and to co-exist with people of other faith and ethnicities. You have every right not to be stateless. And the way you have been treated shames us all.”

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Posted On 06 Feb 2019

Husband of Dodgers fan fatally struck by foul ball: ‘We didn’t have time to react’

Sports News Husband of Dodgers fan fatally struck by foul ball: 'We didn't have time to react'

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — The husband of a California woman who died after being struck by a foul ball said his 79-year-old wife had no time to react before the accident last year.

“The first batter fouled a ball … that came and hit her right in the cheek,” Erwin Goldbloom told Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV on Tuesday. “[It] came so quick that we didn’t have time to react. Nobody did in our area.”

His wife, Linda Goldbloom, died after attending a Padres-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2018. During the game, a foul ball went over the protective netting and struck her in the head.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.

The coroner’s report, obtained by ABC News on Tuesday, states that she died on Aug. 29 “due to acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma” and states that the injury occurred when she was struck by the ball.

Linda Goldbloom, a lifelong Dodgers fan, was celebrating her birthday and 59th wedding anniversary, according to her husband.

Every MLB stadium has protective netting extended to the end of the dugout, but Goldbloom said the netting should be higher as well.

“The last thing I remember asking her was, ‘Are you OK?’ when the ball hit her and she said, ‘No,'” Erwin Goldbloom said. “If they would’ve raised the vertical net, I think the ball would not have hit us.”

Erwin Goldbloom said he doesn’t blame the Padres player who hit the ball or the Dodgers for his wife’s death, but he wants baseball fans to be aware of the risks of sitting near the field.

“They should make more of an effort — MLB not just Dodgers,” Erwin Goldbloom said. “The past is the past. We can’t change that. We just hope that MLB will make it safer for other people.”

Officials with the Dodgers sent their condolences to Goldbloom in a statement this week, saying the they were “deeply saddened” by the fatal accident.

“Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom,” the team said, according to KABC. “The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. We cannot comment further on this matter.”

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Posted On 06 Feb 2019

New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade held in Boston

Sports News New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade held in Boston

Billie Weiss/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Throngs of New England Patriots fans descended on Boston Tuesday to celebrate the team’s latest Super Bowl win.

The team rode through the city’s streets on World War II-era duck boats, keeping with tradition, as hordes of screaming fans waved to their favorite players.

Quarterback Tom Brady’s children hung onto the Vince Lombardi Trophy as their boat toured some of the most iconic parts of the city.

Jersey-clad fans cheered as confetti rained down, making it clear that they’d never tire of being champions.

The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Sunday’s game. Brady has now won more Super Bowls than any other NFL player and head coach Bill Belichick is the oldest coach to win an NFL championship at 66. Wide receiver Julian Edelman was named the game’s MVP.

Players appeared ecstatic as they greeted their loyal fans after a grueling season.

The crowds were greeted with unseasonably warm temperatures as they celebrate the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship.

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Posted On 06 Feb 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 2/5/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 2/5/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

Boston 103, Cleveland 96
L.A. Clippers 117, Charlotte 115
Indiana 136, L.A. Lakers 94
Detroit 105, N.Y. Knicks 92
Toronto 119, Philadelphia 107
Memphis 108, Minnesota 106
Oklahoma City 132, Orlando 122
Miami 118, Portland 108

Boston 3, N.Y. Islanders 1
Washington 3, Vancouver 2
Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 0
L.A. Kings 5, New Jersey 1
SO Buffalo 5, Minnesota 4
St. Louis 3, Florida 2
SO Vegas 3, Tampa Bay 2
Montreal 4, Anaheim 1
Nashville 5, Arizona 2
OT San Jose 3, Winnipeg 2
Columbus 6, Colorado 3
Chicago 6, Edmonton 2

(1) Tennessee 72, Missouri 60
(2) Duke 80, Boston College 55
(5) Kentucky 76, South Carolina 48
(7) Michigan 77, Rutgers 65
(8) North Carolina 113, NC State 96
Illinois 79, (9) Michigan St. 74
St. John’s 70, (10) Marquette 69
Kansas St. 74, (13) Kansas 67
(22) Florida St. 80, Syracuse 62

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Posted On 06 Feb 2019

Do we judge pain differently for boys and girls? A new study says yes

AndreyPopov/iStock(NEW YORK) — Pain is a subjective feeling — only you can really know how much pain you feel. But are we judging children’s pain differently depending on whether they’re a girl or a boy?

Levels of discomfort may not be obvious to bystanders, who tend to look for clear expressions of pain: facial expressions, sounds of distress and how you hold your body. A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology in January showed that we may be estimating children’s pain differently based on their sex.

What has prior research shown?

In the U.S., women have often been perceived as oversensitive and emotional; men as stoic, able to handle pain without getting emotional. But the medical repercussions of those assumptions for boys and girls have not been studied extensively.

In 2001, researchers studying these gender biases warned that these “stereotypes or assumptions about behavior in such circumstances (oversensitivity, complaining [and] stoicism) add to the likelihood of under-treatment of some groups and overtreatment of others.”

How is this affecting children?

Children may not have yet developed the ability to voice pain, so they are particularly vulnerable to assumptions about how much they are hurting. The new study from Yale and Georgia State universities found that — perhaps surprisingly — adults perceive boys as having more pain and girls as having less, even when the level of pain is the same.

In the study, they showed 264 adults video of a 5-year-old dressed in gender-neutral clothes undergoing a blood test. For half the adults, the child was described as “Samuel” and for the other half as “Samantha.”

The “boy” was rated as experiencing more pain that the “girl” — though the adults saw the same video.

The child was actually a girl.

“The child’s hair partially covered her face, which made determining her gender difficult,” the study’s authors said.

After viewing the video, the participants were asked about their own beliefs about gender and pain.

When researchers accounted for those reported biases, there was no difference in the rating of how much pain the “boy” or “girl” was in.

What does this mean in terms of medical treatment for children?

This study did not focus on doctors, and we can hope that, since they have more experience judging pain, that they would be less likely to let bias sway their evaluation. But that remains to be studied.

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