Just last summer, Breanna Alosi felt a sharp pinch in her back that turned out to be a warning of a life-threatening condition.

The 33-year-old now fights every day to stay healthy for her young family and to raise awareness about heart health.

Family is everything for Breanna. That's why the wife - and mother of two littles - says remembering the day a heart attack almost took her life, is especially difficult.

"The first thing I thought of was 'don't let anything happen to me,'” Alosi tells us, her voice trembling and eyes filling with tears. “I have two kids, I'm a mom."

The heart attack happened less than one year ago, and Breanna says she was well aware of the symptoms, but at only 33, was skeptical it was happening to her. "Because I didn't have any key risk factors like high blood pressure or cholesterol, so I was like, I think I'm having heart attack, but why?"

The "why" took some time to figure out. A local cardiologist put five stents in Breanna’s heart, and specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota did further exploration to confirm a diagnosis for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection or "SCAD."

Breanna explains what that is; "It’s like a rip or a tear occurs in one of your arteries. In my case it was my L.A.D., your widow-maker, your main vein."

That got patched up, but Breanna’s medical scare was not over.

"Then came the other news that I have FMD and a renal artery aneurism, so that what just icing on the cake."

FMD stands for Fiber Muscular Dysplasia, a connective tissue defect that Alosi found out she'd been born with. But Breanna says everything that happened is all connected; "You know, you couple already thin and weak arteries with two pregnancies in the last four years, one of which was IVF.

That equaled enough pressure on Alosi's vessels to cause a heart attack. But Breanna is a fighter, and an advocate. She now speaks regularly at American Heart Association gatherings encouraging women to be vigilant about their health.

"Those signs and symptoms are warning signs that your body is telling you something is wrong."

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