“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.
One thing some of us heart patients grump about the most is having to change our diets. Give me eight new medications to take? No problem. Try to teach me new ways to manage stress? Sketchy. But eliminate my best friends, salt and fat, from my diet? No way!
I smoked too much. I worked too much. Ate a horrible diet. My only exercise was finger calisthenics with the TV remote. I was a 5-foot-6, 200-lb couch potato.
At three months old Crystal Flores was diagnosed with seven different congenital heart defects. Eight open-heart surgeries later she declares, "Heart disease can't beat me!"