Marion County woman looks to make change by raising heart disease awareness


When not in class taking notes, Laura Laratta, a senior exercise science major at Fairmont State University finds herself interning in Fairmont Regional Medical Hospital’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Department.

Laratta found herself wanting to make a change, after her mother Therese Laratta was a patient in Fairmont Regional four years ago.

“For her first heart attack she didn’t know she was having one. She felt chest pains, she was just tired, short of breath, then she had a hip replacement and she thought that it was her hip.” Laratta said.

After ignoring the pain for a while, Therese was eventually rushed back to the hospital where she was transferred to Mon General, but her health became progressively worse, as she passed away on February 4th 2018. Therese’s daughter Laura then found a way to turn a negative into a positive by providing a fundraiser through the selling of t-shirts to promote being proactive with cardiovascular checkups, with all proceeds benefiting WVU Medicine Heart and Vascular Institute. 

“I just feel that it’s important for women to get their heart checked because there is a lot of risk factors like smoking, not being physically active, not eating the right diet amd other symptoms.” said Laratta.

Laura told 12 news that it’s all part of a bigger picture, that she feels her mother would appreciate and support.

“I would like to remember her legacy as not only a mother, an aunt, sister, but teacher. She was a teacher in Marion County schools for 35 years and I know she would be proud of the message I am trying to get out to the public.”

To purchase a shirt in time for Women’s Heart Disease Awareness Month you reach Laura Laratta on her home phone at (304)-363-2038 or on her mobile at (304)-694-0789.

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