We sat down with Florence Vanek MSN, RN, a professional practice implementation consultant at PAH to find out why she was inspired to join the 2016 Penn Medicine Heart Walk team and why she is committed to ending cardiovascular disease.
What personal impact has cardiovascular disease had on your life or on your family?
Cardiovascular disease has impacted my life since I was a little girl. When I was in second grade my previously hard-working and healthy father had a severe heart attack. I still remember peeking through my bedroom window as the ambulance brought him to the hospital. As it turned out, he had severely high cholesterol that had never been checked. He had several heart attacks after the first one and was in and out of the hospital for a good portion of my young life. Thankfully, because of the medical care that he received, my father is now in his 70s and enjoying his life as a grandfather. I know a lot of families don’t have the same happy ending that we did, which is why the Heart Walk is so very important to me.