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Reduce Your Risk: Heart 2 Heart

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BATON ROUGE - Mary and Martha were born 15 minutes apart on August 9th, 1947. They have been inseparable ever since. They share everything, including a long family history of heart disease.

Their mother had a heart attack and open surgery, so red flags went up in July 2013 when Martha began having some strange symptoms. That is when they decided it was time for a trip to the doctor.

"I felt very tired all the time," Martha told News 2's John Pastorek. "I'm very active, and I would get up, but by 11, everything was hard on me."

Dr. Deepak Thekkoot discovered both Martha and Mary have heart disease. Martha had seven blockages, and one of Mary's arteries was 99% blocked. They were both living by a thread.

Both underwent heart bypass surgery and are now doing great. They still go for regular check-ups together, and are the poster twins for one of the most important lessons when it comes to heart disease risk factors and symptoms.

"Do not ignore symptoms," Dr. Thekkoot warns. "if you see symptoms like shortness of breath and tiredness, go to your doctor."

Watch the video for more on twins Martha and Mary.

You can also find out more information about the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease at the Capital Area Heart Walk. It is on Saturday, March 21st at LSU's Old Front Nine.

2une In Friday for another Reduce Your Risk report. Knowing your numbers is also key in the battle against heart disease. JP is the patient for a complete heart check up.




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