She started having attacks at night, feeling like she was about to die. At the Emergency Department, doctors thought she might be having an anxiety attack. No one suspected coronary heart disease until she saw Dr. Evelina Grayver, who specializes in women’s heart health at Northwell Health.
Dr. Grayver provided a full diagnostic examination and discovered her coronary artery was completely blocked. Dr. Knopov underwent seven coronary stent procedures and considers herself the luckiest woman alive.
“I thought I wasn’t going to make it,” says Dr. Knopov. “But thanks to Dr. Grayver who was present during the procedure, and the other wonderful doctors by my side, they pulled me out of the darkest place of my life.”
Dr. Knopov was one of two former patients of Northwell Health’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health who shared their stories and walked the runway during the 25th Annual Katz Institute for Women’s Health Luncheon and Fashion Show. Supermodel Carol Alt, also a patient of the Katz Institute, surprised guests in attendance and walked the runway to thank her doctors for the care she received.