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Blair Oaks teacher to thank actress on ET

Blair Oaks teacher to thank actress on ET

March 6th, 2013 in News

Blair Oaks Elementary teacher Christie Thompson, left, will appear on ET tonight meeting actress Elizabeth Banks. Thompson knew she was having a heart attack thanks in part to a video she watched featuring Banks suffering an attack herself.

Blair Oaks Elementary School teacher Christie Thompson will appear in a segment on "Entertainment Tonight" Wednesday evening to personally thank a Hollywood actress who she credits with saving her life.

The show airs at 6:30 p.m. on KRCG-TV 13.

Thompson said she knew she was suffering a heart attack in November 2011 in part because she had watched "Just A Little Heart Attack," featuring actress Elizabeth Banks ("The Hunger Games") in conjunction with the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" campaign.

In the film, Banks plays a stressed-out mom trying to handle her job demands while feeding her children breakfast and getting them off to school, all the while suffering from jaw and arm pain, nausea and profuse sweating.

Thompson, who became a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign, flew to Los Angeles to meet and personally thank Banks for her work on the film, and ET filmed their meeting, in which they also talked about women and heart disease.