Category: Heart disease

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Surviving a Sudden Heart Attack: Frank and Debbie’s Story

Surviving a Sudden Heart Attack: Frank and Debbie’s Story Each year, more than 800,000 people in the U.S. have a heart attack. While medical advances

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Surviving a Widow Maker Heart Attack

Surviving a Widow Maker Heart Attack To say Joe C. is passionate about music would be an understatement. This 58-year-old father of two beautiful daughters

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Living Courageously with Congenital Heart Disease

On a daily basis, Jessica manages multiple heart defects such as Tetralogy of Fallout (ToF), which is a cardiac anomaly that’s a combination of four related heart defects: ventricular septal defect (VSD), overriding aorta, pulmonary stenosis, and right ventricular hypertrophy. Along with ToF, Jessica also lives with

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Waiting for a Heart Transplant

Some people use an LVAD for the rest of their lives, but for Chrissy, it’s a “bridge to transplant” while she waits to receive a new heart. Donor hearts are already difficult to come by, and because she is 6’1”, Chrissy needs a heart from a taller person. Her health journey affects not just her life, but the lives of her

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Living With Mitral Valve Prolapse

In my case, the TEE showed that my mitral valve was so damaged that it had to be replaced. I wound up in surgery the very next day. Fortunately, everything went well. When I was ready to be discharged I found out that I would be on Coumadin for the rest of my life. During my discharge my doctors advised that I should

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