When she saw both her parents die from the disease, she knew she had to do something or she might die, too. And what she did could be what has prevented her from having a heart attack.
Patricia Cox was 40 when she had open-heart surgery. At 55 now, Cox has changed her lifestyle and takes medication to control her heart disease.
She was 32 at the time when her dad, J.R. Henderson, died of a massive heart attack.
"I thought, 'I'm gonna start taking an aspirin every day.' It can't hurt."