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Be heart healthy in Skaneateles

Skaneateles to again focus on the real thing with keep your heart pumping advice

CNY community invited

If you have a heart this program is for you. The Heart Health Awareness Program at the Skaneateles Community Center is the brainchild of Kathy Palmieri. She settled in Skaneateles with husband Larry in 1972, and has been on the go ever since.

"It's not like we are zealots," she said, "We are just wired this way."

Kathy was referring to her work on this community-wide heart health awareness initiative and Larry's work with the Samaritan Center in Syracuse. The Samaritan Center helps to feed the city of Syracuse's homeless population.

Kathy's motivation

Kathy started as a critical care nurse and then moved into cardiovascular ultra-sound technology. She now works as a consultant in the cardiac care industry, helping cardiovascular labs in the accreditation process.

Even though Kathy had worked in the cardiac care world, she was tripped up when her own heart started acting up. At 42 she experienced serious indigestion and took herself off to the emergency room. She was triaged for gall bladder and sent home. It took three incidences for her to get someone to look into her heart.

It turned out she had two blockages. She was given an angioplasty that stood well for five years until the Clintons came to town. While chasing the first couple around Skaneateles for a sighting, Kathy again experienced an unusual pain. This time it was a deep pain in her left shoulder area. Another blockage was discovered in a different artery.

It has never really been determined how her heart problems started. She does have lupus and it could be a complication.

She thought, if this can happen to me and I work in the field, what about people who aren't cardio savvy. Hence the program.

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