Heart disease was never something I worried about much. However, when my father died at 72 during open-heart surgery, I became less cavalier and much more concerned about my own potential for a heart attack.
Dancer Lindsay Davis kept collapsing during ballet class. She didn’t know she had a congenital heart defect till it almost killed her. Now she wants to save others.
Eric Barr nearly died as the result of three strokes from an infected valve replacement. A professor of acting, he wrote and starred in a one-man show about his experience.
It is seven months since my heart attack, and it has taught me that even though you are healthy, have normal blood pressure and cholesterol, that you can still have a heart attack. I am writing this to educate and warn people.
At age 69, I had no history of heart problems. On Saturday, August 9, 2014, suddenly I felt dizzy and that was the last I remember. My husband found me wedged between the nightstand and the bed. Immediately he called 911.
When the doctor told Roxanne that the back pain she’d had for six weeks was due to a heart attack she was shocked. Within four years, she received the gift of a new heart. She has since recruited thousands of organ donors.
Christie Reinhardt was pregnant with twins when she experienced a life-threatening aortic dissection. “They told my family there was a surgery they could try, but I had a less than 10 percent chance of survival.”
Before her heart attack, Barbara loved being a mom, wife, vegetarian and healthy. There were no red flags.
By the time Breana Bladel was 17, doctors had done all they could for her but her heart was giving out. She went on the transplant list in the middle of January 2013. Two weeks later, the Bladels got the call. There was a heart.
My “pay it forward” is to encourage anyone, man or woman, having any kind of symptom suggesting a heart attack, please have the faith to go get checked.
When Kimby woke from gall bladder surgery, she felt intense pain in her upper arms and yelled for help. Immediately she was surrounded by medical professionals asking questions about her heart.
“Cathy was on the couch with her back to me when her arm suddenly flew up,” Dennis recalled. “That was strange, so I went over and checked on her and she was already turning blue.”