Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - It's the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. and Friday, thousands of people decked out in red to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke.
Hundreds attended a luncheon in Louisville, in support of the American Heart Association's 'Go Red for Women' campaign.
Many stories of hope and loss filled the Cascade Ballroom at the Kentucky International Convention Center, but one story pulled at the heart strings of everyone in the room.
As a nurse, she taught her grandson how to perform CPR, but Laura Gipe never imagined she'd be on the receiving end.
"I got up that morning. My husband had already left for work and I had something I can't put into words, but I knew that I was dying," Gipe said.
No strength to call 911, she picked up a vase near her bed and threw it toward the bedroom door, hoping her grandson, 15-year-old Jacob Murray, would hear it.
"I heard her yell my name, so I jumped up and ran into the hallway," Murray said.
"I went down. I don't remember a thing for hours after that," Gipe said.
Murray called 911, and immediately positioned Gipe on the floor for CPR. Minutes later, paramedics arrived at their home, but it was Murray's quick thinking that ultimately saved his grandmother.
"It means the world to me. She's been there my whole life and been like a second mother to me," Murray said.
Gipe's mesage: pay attention to your body, and don't ignore the signs.
"There had to have been a clue that I didn't pick up on," Gipe said.
It was a traumatic experience with a successful end. Gipe only wishes the same could've been true for her parents. She was with them on both days they suffered separate heart attacks. Gipe attempted CPR on both, but lost them.
"Which makes it even more remarkable that my grandson was able to save my life," Gipe said.