Susan Lucci still hasn’t told her mother about her emergency heart surgery

Susan Lucci continues to thrive after having emergency heart surgery last fall to fix two blocked arteries and counts on all her loved ones for support — except for her mother.

“You know, the truth is I didn’t tell her,” the 72-year-old soap opera legend told Us at the ADAPT Leadership Awards in NYC on March 14. “My mother was a nurse on top of it and I just didn’t want to scare her. She’s living in Florida.” The star’s mother, Jeannette, is turning 102 years old this week, Lucci said, adding, “We’re going down to see her, actually.”

While it’s possible Jeanette would have heard about her daughter’s cardiac health scare on the news, Lucci is banking on the fact that she hasn’t. “We haven’t talked about it. I don’t want to,” Lucci said, explaining that her family’s health history kept her quiet. “You know my dad passed away from [heart disease], so I don’t want to bring it up. But he lived to be in his eighties.” Victor Lucci died in November 2002.

In February, the soap star — famous for playing Erica Kane on All My Children for over four decades — opened up about her heart disease incident on Good Morning America. “I was actually in a boutique,” Lucci told GMA’s Amy Robach. “And I suddenly felt what I had heard someone on a TV interview years ago, a woman says that she, leading up to a heart attack, had felt like an elephant was pressing on her chest.”

Lucci — who has been married to her husband, Helmut Huber, since 1969 — has revealed that her cardiac blockages were due to genetics, not her diet, which has always been healthy. “This was a DNA,” Lucci told Us March 14. “My dad, my wonderful dad gave me more apparently than his Italian coloring! He had calcium deposits in his arteries.” Lucci added that her family had assumed she was more aligned, healthwise, with her mom. “Because I never had any health issues, my whole family, we all thought I had all my mother’s genes, and it turns out that I got my dad’s heart genes.”

Now, however, everything is back to normal. “I’m feeling wonderful. Thank you. I got very lucky. I’ve been in very good hands and I avoided a terrible thing and I’m so lucky to have managed that. I have great doctors and great people around me!”

With reporting by Lexi Ciccone

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Susan Lucci during 7th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at NBC Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1/17/79 Erica (Susan Lucci) dazzled Pine Valley with the opening of her disco, Erica's, on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC79 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - Erica and Tom's honeymoon - 9/6/78 On Sept. 6, 1978, Erica (Susan Lucci) married former football hero Tom Cudahy (Richard Shoberg) on the rebound from her failed affair with Nick Davis, on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. 'All My Children' became the first daytime drama to journey beyond U.S. shores when the newlyweds honeymooned on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. AMC78 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI, RICHARD SHOBERG
ALL MY CHILDREN - Erica and Tom's honeymoon - 9/6/78 On Sept. 6, 1978, Erica (Susan Lucci) married former football hero Tom Cudahy (Richard Shoberg) on the rebound from her failed affair with Nick Davis, on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. 'All My Children' became the first daytime drama to journey beyond U.S. shores when the newlyweds honeymooned on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. AMC78 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI, RICHARD SHOBERG
ALL MY CHILDREN - Susan Lucci gallery - 8/17/78 Susan Lucci plays Erica Kane on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC78 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - 5/14/73 Erica (Susan Lucci) was still married to Jeff when she began her affair with New York modeling agency head Jason Maxwell (John Devlin), on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET). Maxwell was later found dead. AMC73 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN DEVLIN, SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - 10/12/71 Erica (Susan Lucci) traded her boring life as Dr. Jeff Martin's (Charles Frank) wife with a modeling career, on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC71 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI, CHARLES FRANK
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - 3/24/82Erica's (Susan Lucci) modeling career fell apart when she was charged with the murder of her fiance, Kent Bogart (Lee Godart), on ABC Daytime's ALL MY CHILDREN (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET). Kent died when Erica confronted him at gunpoint over his affair with Connie Wilkes. During a struggle, the gun went off, killing Kent. Erica was eventually cleared of all charges. AMC82(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)SUSAN LUCCI, LEE GODART
LOVE BOAT - 'The Audition/The Groupies/Doc's Nephew' which aired on Novemeber 6, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI;TRISTAN ROGERS
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1983Susan Lucci, Maureen O'Sullivan in a scene on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC83(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)SUSAN LUCCI, MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN
FANTASY ISLAND - 'The Songwriter / Queen of the Soaps' - Airdate: January 22, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - museum shoot - 2/22/83 Susan Lucci (Erica) modeled at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' airing Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC83 (Photo by Bob Sacha/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - Adam and Erica's wedding - 3/12/84 Adam (David Canary) and Erica (Susan Lucci) were married on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC84 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, SUSAN LUCCI
Susan Lucci (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1986. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI;STEVIE WONDER
Susan Lucci (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Susan Lucci during American Cinema Awards Rehearsals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills Hotel, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Susan Lucci during 5th Annual American Cinema Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
ALL MY CHILDREN - Erica's Men - 2/16/88 Erica (Susan Lucci) had an incredible dream in which she encountered nearly all the men in her past, on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' (1-2 p.m., ET). 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. AMC88 (Photo by Ann Limongello/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI
ALL MY CHILDREN - Susan Lucci and Walt Willey (Photo by Douglas Dubler/ABC via Getty Images)
Susan Lucci during Night of 100 Stars - May 5, 1990 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New york, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Susan Lucci arrives with her husband, Helmet Huber for the 11th annual American Cinema Awards in Los Angeles November 2. Lucci was honored for her distinguished achievement in television on her 26th anniversary as the star of the daytime drama "All My Children."
CAPTION CORRECTION - CHANGING NAME OF SHOW Actress Susan Lucci, from the daytime show "All my children" poses for photographers as she arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards show in New York City, May 17, 2002. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen
Soap Opera star Susan Lucci poses in front of a door painted with an image of Boy George as she arrives at the Rosie O'Donnell produced new musical Taboo, starring Boy George, November 13, 2003 in New York. REUTERS/Stephen Chernin SC/HB
Actress Susan Lucci holds a replica plaque during an unveiling ceremony honoring her with the 2,276th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California January 28, 2005. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen JR
Actress Susan Lucci , star of the daytime program "All My Children" poses with Muppets characters Elmo (L) and Oscar the Grouch as she arrives at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Hollywood, California April 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Actress Susan Lucci arrives at a National Italian American Foundation gala dinner in Washington October 13, 2007. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
Actress Susan Lucci smiles backstage at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, California June 20, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES)
Actress Susan Lucci arrives for the Heart's Truth Red Dress collection show at New York Fashion Week in New York, February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES)
Actress Susan Lucci performs during the fashion show segment at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, August 30, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Actress Susan Lucci, Grand Marshal of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, waves during the parade in Los Angeles November 29, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Cast member Susan Lucci (L) and creator Agnes Nixon from the soap opera series "All My Children" participate in a panel discussion at the Disney ABC winter 2010 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Susan Lucci arrives at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California October 23, 2010. The ball benefits The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Susan Lucci poses during a book signing for her book "All My Life: A Memoir" in New York March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Shemar Moore (L) and actress Susan Lucci speak onstage during the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19, 2011. REUTERS/Richard Brian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
(L-R) Actress Joan Rivers, actress Susan Lucci, Ivanka Trump look at a cell phone before a showing of the Dennis Basso Fall/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
Susan Lucci attends The Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Susan Lucci arrives at the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, California, June 23, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Susan Lucci arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit gala at Cipriani in New York October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Susan Lucci arrives for the premiere of "The Imitation Game" in New York, November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Actress Susan Lucci attends as the Elton John AIDS Foundation commemorates its 25th year and honors founder Sir Elton John during the New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Actress Susan Lucci attends as the Elton John AIDS Foundation commemorates its 25th year and honors founder Sir Elton John during the New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
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