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.
The second of our four-part series on heart failure featuring the personal story of Queen Latifah and her mom, Rita Owens.
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.”
"With a total of four stents will I ever have enough strength to return to normal activities?" I asked. I suspect others who have had surgery or a serious illness are left wondering the same thing.
“I couldn’t lie flat to sleep, started coughing while lying down and had to use the bathroom every 45 minutes to an hour.” It turned out Rebecca Stewart had peripartum cardiomyopathy - heart failure due to pregnancy.
When Ken slumped over in the passenger seat, Tanya didn’t have to think about what to do — after all, she is a health educator and has been teaching CPR through the American Heart Association for 15 years.