When you think of Valentines Day, hearts, flowers, candy come to mind.
But for Anne Petrick it will always be the day she suffered a stroke. The day started with a walk with a friend.
“Maybe be able to say something, she was a long talker so we went about 1/2 mile and she said something is not right is it? And I kept hoping it was going to wear off, and it didn't,” says Anne.
For the strategic development manager at the Reno Gazette Journal, it was a stroke. Not a common event for a 37 year old woman, especially one with no risk factors, who lives a relatively healthy lifestyle.
“I always thought stroke impacted elder more than younger. I definitely found out that that is not necessarily the case,” says Anne.
But according to the American Heart Association, that's not always the case. Women do tend to develop cardiovascular diseases later in life, and their outcomes are often worse, which is perhaps one reason why Anne has completely recovered from her stroke from two years ago.
She admits she was in a bit of denial when her first symptoms appeared, and that's often the case with women who experience attacks differently than men do.
“Men you hear the pain in the arm and women it can be very different, can be an upset stomach, and dismiss it. Don't dismiss it, that's the one thing from talking to survivors,” says Anne
Which is why Anne is heavily involved in in the "go red" campaign. Here in Nevada stroke is the number four cause of female death, she figures she can only help in getting those startling statistics to come down.