Temecula heart disease survivor leads American Heart Association’s 2021 Southwest Riverside County Heart & Stroke Walk

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Denyse Wilson, chair of the American Heart Association’s 2021 Southwest Riverside County Heart and Stroke Walk, is a Temecula resident and heart disease survivor. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Temecula resident Denyse Wilson, chair of the 2021 Southwest Riverside County Heart & Stroke Walk, knows firsthand about the importance of heart knowledge when it comes to health and wellness. “I didn’t know the warning signs of heart disease. I had fatigue, shortness of breath, etc., but I didn’t think I had any problems with my heart,” Wilson said. “I was diagnosed with atrial septal defect (a hole in my heart), and the signs were there, but I had no idea what was going on.” Wilson ended up having open heart surgery nine years ago to repair the hole, something she had unknowingly been living with since birth. Currently, she is an advocate for healthy lifestyles and public awareness. She stepped up as a community health champion via her involvement
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