When he was a kid having heart surgeries in 1968 and 1973, no one explained anything about the procedures to him. Like other adults who had heart surgery as children, this contributed to traumatic flashbacks and more.
Understanding ATTR-CM, an underdiagnosed and previously untreatable cause of heart failure.
Erin Flynn Jay’s father was a heart transplant recipient. His experience led him to help others understand that being prepared — physically and emotionally — is crucial to recovery.
At the age of 25, I had a hemorrhagic stroke. I was helping a church member move that morning. I was told to always expect the unexpected, but I had no idea that life would throw me such a surprise.
Buffy Gilfoil spent the better part of a decade trying to get to a normal heart rhythm after her AFib diagnosis. She shares insights and lessons from the ups and downs of her journey through multiple treatments.
I used to think I was making the most of life. I was an athlete and a bodybuilder. Outside of the gym, I was on the up-and-up in my career. By all accounts, I was successful. Then my heart failed me … literally.
Heather Meyer of North Carolina was an athletic, 40-year-old vegetarian getting ready for work when she had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). Life changed after that.
In Part One, Frank and Maria had spent the first 18 months of their marriage in and out of the hospital dealing with poor blood flow and lesions that would not heal on his right leg. Read the conclusion of this dramatic story.
Her knees ached constantly. Her back, too. She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds. Now she’s half the woman she used to be and committed to to better health.
On a frigid morning in April 2016, he stood in the parking lot of the cardiac rehab center, looking at the front entrance about 100 feet away. It looked like an impossible distance.
Had just one thing not gone as it did, this sudden cardiac arrest survivor might not have lived to tell this story.
“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.