“I realized what your children wanted from you is what my kids want from me – a healthy father who will be around to share in their family’s lives,” writes Tony Westbrooks after receiving the same diagnosis his late father had.
A transplant recipient writes a letter reflecting on her complex relationship with, and deep appreciation for the heart she’s saying goodbye to.
Heart attack survivor, Beth Woodard, poses an important question for heart patients: What can we do to make sure our good intentions become good practices? She shares her surprising secrets for success.
For the 5 percent of people who survive sudden cardiac arrest a defibrillator usually revives them. Without a timely burst of power to the chest the other 95 percent die. I was one of those rare survival statistics.
Around 2008, a visit to a cardiologist produced a wait-and-see diagnosis. The doctor didn’t say anything more about it, and Susan didn’t ask. She had no idea that a murmur was connected to valve disease.
Frank was introduced to PAD while driving. He was on his way home when his right ankle stopped working. Up to that point in his life, despite 30 years of living with diabetes, he knew little about PAD.
Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda thought her greatest trial was over after she survived cancer at 33. But six years later, she was diagnosed with heart failure, a side effect of chemotherapy.
By her own admission, Portia Rindos was doing just about everything wrong before passing out at work. At some level, she knew that was taking her down a path going nowhere good. Luckily her doctor helped her take control of her heart health.
Marcie Wilson wrestled with AFib for years before getting an ablation. Today this CVD community outreach nurse gets to share what she has learned about heart healthy living every day.
As she prepared for a trip home for the July 4 holiday, Denise Castille got a text message that likely saved her life. Her flight was delayed by more than an hour. Shortly after that, she started feeling like something massive was sitting on her chest, stifling her breath.
Robert Blodgett is clear: He was tricked into staying alive. If he’d had his way, he’d be dead from a heart attack. It likely would have been massive as three of his coronary arteries were 99 percent blocked and two others weren’t much better.
After 44 years of marriage and 44 years as a nurse, Ann Dobkowski thought she knew what would ease husband Dennis’s anxiety when he needed aortic heart valve replacement surgery at age 67. She didn’t.