REGO PARK, L.I. — February is heart month.
Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. According to the CDC, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
We’re meeting twins whose hearts were broken when they lost their mother but in turn, they gained a guardian angel who is improving their heart health every day.
Jenna and Jeremy Friedman know all too well about heart disease. Their mother, Eve, battled complications for years, and while it was painful to see their mother in the hospital, Jenna said Eve's cardiologist was the light in what seemed a very dark time.
“The light that Dr. Grayver brought into the room mom had a sense of calm that came over her.”
Eve passed away four years ago, but the relationship the twins built with Dr. Grayver was just starting. With a family history of heart disease and both being overweight and having high blood pressure, they knew it was time to take control.
Since the twins have been seeing Dr. Grayver at Northshore, they have lost a combined 80 pounds.
Jenna said Dr. Grayver keeps them accountable for their heart health they call her a woman with a plan.
With February being heart month, we asked Dr. Grayver what women should be aware of.
“Women will not have the crushing chest pain, they will have shortness of breath, palpitations and fatigue. These are very generic symptoms, but women have to be aware of them.”