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In December 2016 I noted an unusual weakness doing normal tasks. One night I got out of bed and passed out briefly. Otherwise I was in good health. I am 59 and recently retired. I went to my doctor to see why I had passed out. He suggested some basic heart tests. Those tests (ECHO) indicated a low EF of about 15. I was admitted to the hospital a couple of days later ... more...
Posted by mabuckner on Stories of Survival Apr 22, 2017 1:34 PM CDT
Looking for others in a similar condition.  Over 8 1/2 years ago I had my first hemorrhagic stroke.  I had just turned 41 the week before. More than 4 years later I had another stroke that required hospitalization.  I've had over 3 years of daily rehab and many follow up visits since and more to come.  I am in a wheelchair and have little to no feeling on my ... more...
Posted by Bertie15 on Stories of Survival Apr 21, 2017 4:24 PM CDT
Hi, This is my first time posting my story dealing with "Heart Disease", my journey began at a very young age when I had strep throat, when turn into scarlet fever, then end being rhuematic fever, that lead me to having rhuematic heart disease. At the age of eleven I received my first surgery to replace my mitarl valve, two years after the surgery I had a ... more...
Posted by stringbean3 on Stories of Survival Apr 19, 2017 10:03 AM CDT
Hi, my name is Frankie and I am new to this network.. I am glad to have found this as I had surgery 6 weeks ago. I am recovering which seems slow to me, but am being told it takes time. can anyone that had the robotic through the breast surgery give me some advice what you did that worked for you after surgery?? I am still in a lot of pain, any suggestions?? Did you go ... more...
Posted by Frankiemouse on Stories of Survival Apr 19, 2017 8:24 AM CDT
I always excelled i n sports and liked running but had a MI with no advanced warning more...
Posted by ispelgud on Stories of Survival Apr 17, 2017 3:52 PM CDT
My name is Ashley and I am 30 years old. I was born in 1986 with a heart murmur and 6 weeks after I was born I had to have my first open heart surgery. I could only imagine what my parents were thinking and feeling. My mom had a miscarriage before I was born so I'm sure they were both very worried about the outcome. I had my surgery and all was well until I was 5 years ... more...
Posted by LadyAnneBoleyn on Stories of Survival Apr 17, 2017 10:44 AM CDT
I'm a 53 year old College Professor, I teach Nutrition and yoga.  I also rode my bike over 2000 miles in 2016.  Becasue of this, our small town( Miami , Oklahoma) was shocked to hear that "Donna Hale had a stroke".  On January 19th 2017, I taught a yoga class, returned home and suffered an ischemic stroke.  I didn't realize what was happening until I spoke ... more...
Posted by haledsh on Stories of Survival Apr 13, 2017 6:43 PM CDT
Hi my name is Wendy and 3 years ago, at the age of 45, I had a massive heart attack with no warning.  My then fiance, now husband, and I were getting ready for bed, when I felt a weird pain in my chest.  It wasn't sharp and scary, it was just something I had never felt before.The pain was like when you take a large drink of soda and you need to burp.  After about 20 ... more...
Posted by Wendy R on Stories of Survival Apr 13, 2017 9:19 AM CDT
My name is Joanne. I am 48 years old and live in Washington State. This past Sat. April 8, 2017 I started feeling tightness and pain in my chest and  also my left arm and hand. About 4 months ago I had gone to hospital for something similar but it turns out it was Acid Reflux and I felt better after a time. On Sat the pain kept getting worse. I went out to let my ... more...
Posted by Joanneschroedel on Stories of Survival Apr 12, 2017 9:42 PM CDT
My dad is 67 years old, on March 31st he had a heart attack.  He thought it was "brain freeze" but in his chest, fortunately had the wits to go to the hospital.   My dad is also a bachelor, who lives 3 hours away from his closest relatives.   He doesn't cook, and what he does eat is not great--he definitely isn't one to sit down to a salad.   The closest thing he ... more...
Posted by chromestar210 on Stories of Survival Apr 12, 2017 5:28 PM CDT
Hi, I’m Lena.  I’m 68 years old and last week I was diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle and mild mitral regurgitation by my PCP.  I made an appointment with a cardiologist (I have to wait almost a month!) and was put on a diuretic, heartburn medicine and baby aspirin.  I immediately went to Google (baaaad idea) to find out exactly ... more...
Posted by HwdLena on Stories of Survival Apr 12, 2017 10:59 AM CDT
I posted my story of survival a few months ago... but today I am overcome with raw emotions of being a CPR survivor. Sometimes it just HITS me. Something triggers that part of my brain, and I almost have a panic attack. With my year anniversary in just a few weeks, it seems to be hitting me harder every day. I am in contact with the women who saved my life, and I ... more...
Posted by shaybeckwith on Stories of Survival Apr 12, 2017 10:29 AM CDT
Hi im bob age 56 ,not great typer, will soon post pic,not so p/csavy LOL-. In ny 1987 Healthy age 26, tried to stop a fight, was stabbed in chest, w/ myocardial contusion, lung collapse in hosp 3 weeks- EF 19% place on save study w/captopril EF jump to 50% by 1990-fully recovered. In 1998 had mild upper  abdominal ache, went to ER, was having massive MI-ended ... more...
Posted by bobmines59 on Stories of Survival Apr 8, 2017 6:30 PM CDT
My husband retired after 40 years of very hard work at the end of Sept 2016.  We had big plans for buying a home on the water just not sure where, buying a new bigger boat and playing golf when we weren't fishing.  On January 3rd, he suffered a left side major ischemic stroke, I wasn't home at the time and my mother found him unresponsive in the floor.  So we ... more...
Posted by Que Sera Sera on Stories of Survival Apr 8, 2017 12:25 PM CDT
Hi I am Josie, I am new to this site.   Let me explain what occurred.   In late 2015, I started having fainting spells.   The spells would occur and then resolve with no obvious reason for the loss of consciousness.   Starting in March 2017 the spells began to inexplicably escalate. I am cared for at the Cedar Sinai Electrophysiology Department and Advanced ... more...
Posted by Thompsonjosie5 on Stories of Survival Apr 8, 2017 10:35 AM CDT
Hello everyone, I hope that you all read this because I have some important information to share.  I lost my mom last week.  I need to go into the background of my story to explain how she died and I think that all of you will be affected and interested.  I also have a co-worker who is in a coma after a sudden stroke/aneurism.  She is off of life support but still ... more...
Posted by jimsbrain on Stories of Survival Apr 4, 2017 11:38 AM CDT
My life “started” when I got into a car accident eleven years ago, when I was twenty-two. I fell asleep at the wheel and got into a head-on collision with a school bus. (That’s right…largest possible vehicle on the road, and I lived to tell the tale.) Thankfully, this all happened almost across the street from a hospital, so I got to an emergency room ... more...
Posted by AliciaAnne on Stories of Survival Apr 3, 2017 9:36 PM CDT
On July 19, 2016 I survived a sudden cardiac arrest.  I had an appointment with my electrophysiologist, and stopped for an errand nearby his office, 75 miles from my house.  I woke up several days later in the ICU.  I have no memory of about an hour before the event.  I had checked in at the window and chatted with the receptionist, and sat down in the waiting ... more...
Posted by karesun on Stories of Survival Apr 3, 2017 9:36 PM CDT
I have alot of them help me please more...
Posted by ItsJimmyLamar on Stories of Survival Mar 30, 2017 9:45 AM CDT
My husband had a heart attack in Feb. His personality has changed drastically. He has become verbally aggressive and overly sensitive. The environment is toxic. He either won't speak to me or challenges everything I say. He is not the same person. Had 4 stents placed. more...
Posted by Vera Mariner on Stories of Survival Mar 29, 2017 12:23 AM CDT
I had a mild heart attack at age 49, 2 years ago due to hypoxia from bilateral pneumonia. I am a nurse and because of this I now want to specialize in cardiac nursing. I read many of your stories and I now more than ever want to help patients with cardiac conditions. Your stories were all so touching. I have decided to go back to school to further my degree and I am ... more...
Posted by terib7137 on Stories of Survival Mar 28, 2017 11:30 PM CDT
 I hope to be an Ambassador for the AHA to share my story with others and help in anyway possible. Everyone's story is slightly different although we all suffered a heart attack. We all have been fortunate to survive and some impacted harder than others during thier recovery. I feel fortunate that I'm here with a second chance at life.  I would say to those ... more...
Posted by HeartAttacktto5K on Stories of Survival Mar 28, 2017 5:46 PM CDT
Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects), among others.   The term "heart disease" is often used ... more...
Posted by Alex145 on Stories of Survival Mar 27, 2017 10:38 AM CDT
Last Friday I was given such sad news that one of my aunty passed away due to health related factors from diabetes to heart failure. I have cried everyday since then. My family has the issues with diabetes. i had been checked and found I'm close to diabetes by one point. For me that has my eye opened and I do want to have a much fulfilling life. It is scary. I do ... more...
Posted by shadowy on Stories of Survival Mar 27, 2017 8:42 AM CDT
My mother suffered a massive left-sided stroke about 20 days ago. She had a moderate stroke in 2005, a couple of TIAs serious enough to go to the hospital for observation, and a small stroke in 2008. These strokes did not prepare me for the devastating effects of a massive stroke.  Although I was familiar with the types of physical limitations a stroke can ... more...
Posted by melvashrum on Stories of Survival Mar 26, 2017 11:35 AM CDT
In 1978 I was a 14yr old girl that was diagnosed with an AV malformation that ruptured causing a grapefruit size blood clot on the left side of my brain.  I was forturnate to have brain surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.  I was told I didn't need physical theraphy after being paralyized on my right side because they were able to clear the blood causing ... more...
Posted by stroke78 on Stories of Survival Mar 24, 2017 3:13 PM CDT
I had a sudden heart attack on the morning of Aug 30,2016. No warning.  I was taken to a hospital near by where it was determined I was in the process of having a massive heart attack.  From that hospital I was rushed via ambulence to a 2nd hospital where it was discovered I had 1 artery 99% blocked. A stent was put in my LAD.  I am now an advocate for heart ... more...
Posted by heart attack survivior on Stories of Survival Mar 24, 2017 11:16 AM CDT
I made it through many bouts of afib but I'm still here. more...
Posted by Kaj on Stories of Survival Mar 23, 2017 10:09 PM CDT
BAV. Genetic condition, born with two flaps in aortic valve, instead of a normal peace sign. OK. What does that mean at fort-nine (first experience with a cardiologist). No much. I was diagnosed with mitral-valve prolapse, after echo cardiagram. Move forward to 2009 and close to retirement from AT&T Mobility. Chest pains, emergency room, tests ... more...
Posted by Standleej on Stories of Survival Mar 21, 2017 8:21 PM CDT
Hi, I'm Deana. I am 41 now and tryng to get through a day. Over 5 years ago on Novemeber 17, 2011, I woke up and got my kids off to school not feeling right. I kept repeating my words, smeling something weird. Had periods of this throughout the day till my daughter came home and saw the episode and said mom, call Big Andrew, my husband. I did, he came and got me, went ... more...
Posted by deejung9375 on Stories of Survival Mar 20, 2017 2:11 PM CDT

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  • Low EF. Now what?
    In December 2016 I noted an unusual weakness doing normal tasks. One night I got out of bed and passed out briefly. Otherwise I was in good health. I am 59 and recently retired. I went to my doctor to see why I had passed out. He suggested some basic heart tests. Those tests (ECHO) indicated a low EF of about 15. I was admitted to the hospital a couple of days later ... more...
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  • Looking for similar stroke survivors
    Looking for others in a similar condition.  Over 8 1/2 years ago I had my first hemorrhagic stroke.  I had just turned 41 the week before. More than 4 years later I had another stroke that required hospitalization.  I've had over 3 years of daily rehab and many follow up visits since and more to come.  I am in a wheelchair and have little to no feeling on my ... more...
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  • Mitral/Tricupsid Valve Surgeries
    Hi, This is my first time posting my story dealing with "Heart Disease", my journey began at a very young age when I had strep throat, when turn into scarlet fever, then end being rhuematic fever, that lead me to having rhuematic heart disease. At the age of eleven I received my first surgery to replace my mitarl valve, two years after the surgery I had a ... more...
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  • Mitral valve repair
    Hi, my name is Frankie and I am new to this network.. I am glad to have found this as I had surgery 6 weeks ago. I am recovering which seems slow to me, but am being told it takes time. can anyone that had the robotic through the breast surgery give me some advice what you did that worked for you after surgery?? I am still in a lot of pain, any suggestions?? Did you go ... more...
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  • MI from nowhere
    I always excelled i n sports and liked running but had a MI with no advanced warning more...
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  • A flower in the Wind
    My name is Ashley and I am 30 years old. I was born in 1986 with a heart murmur and 6 weeks after I was born I had to have my first open heart surgery. I could only imagine what my parents were thinking and feeling. My mom had a miscarriage before I was born so I'm sure they were both very worried about the outcome. I had my surgery and all was well until I was 5 years ... more...
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  • "The healthiest woman in town"
    I'm a 53 year old College Professor, I teach Nutrition and yoga.  I also rode my bike over 2000 miles in 2016.  Becasue of this, our small town( Miami , Oklahoma) was shocked to hear that "Donna Hale had a stroke".  On January 19th 2017, I taught a yoga class, returned home and suffered an ischemic stroke.  I didn't realize what was happening until I spoke ... more...
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  • Heart Attack at 45 Now Dealing with Angina
    Hi my name is Wendy and 3 years ago, at the age of 45, I had a massive heart attack with no warning.  My then fiance, now husband, and I were getting ready for bed, when I felt a weird pain in my chest.  It wasn't sharp and scary, it was just something I had never felt before.The pain was like when you take a large drink of soda and you need to burp.  After about 20 ... more...
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  • SCAD. what just happened?!
    My name is Joanne. I am 48 years old and live in Washington State. This past Sat. April 8, 2017 I started feeling tightness and pain in my chest and  also my left arm and hand. About 4 months ago I had gone to hospital for something similar but it turns out it was Acid Reflux and I felt better after a time. On Sat the pain kept getting worse. I went out to let my ... more...
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  • Stubborn Dad and his Ticker
    My dad is 67 years old, on March 31st he had a heart attack.  He thought it was "brain freeze" but in his chest, fortunately had the wits to go to the hospital.   My dad is also a bachelor, who lives 3 hours away from his closest relatives.   He doesn't cook, and what he does eat is not great--he definitely isn't one to sit down to a salad.   The closest thing he ... more...
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  • Lena's Story
    Hi, I’m Lena.  I’m 68 years old and last week I was diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle and mild mitral regurgitation by my PCP.  I made an appointment with a cardiologist (I have to wait almost a month!) and was put on a diuretic, heartburn medicine and baby aspirin.  I immediately went to Google (baaaad idea) to find out exactly ... more...
    Comments
  • CPR Survivor
    I posted my story of survival a few months ago... but today I am overcome with raw emotions of being a CPR survivor. Sometimes it just HITS me. Something triggers that part of my brain, and I almost have a panic attack. With my year anniversary in just a few weeks, it seems to be hitting me harder every day. I am in contact with the women who saved my life, and I ... more...
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  • Stabbed In Chest/heart 1987-Had MI 1998 Open Heart Surg-EF 35-40%
    Hi im bob age 56 ,not great typer, will soon post pic,not so p/csavy LOL-. In ny 1987 Healthy age 26, tried to stop a fight, was stabbed in chest, w/ myocardial contusion, lung collapse in hosp 3 weeks- EF 19% place on save study w/captopril EF jump to 50% by 1990-fully recovered. In 1998 had mild upper  abdominal ache, went to ER, was having massive MI-ended ... more...
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  • When our life changed forever
    My husband retired after 40 years of very hard work at the end of Sept 2016.  We had big plans for buying a home on the water just not sure where, buying a new bigger boat and playing golf when we weren't fishing.  On January 3rd, he suffered a left side major ischemic stroke, I wasn't home at the time and my mother found him unresponsive in the floor.  So we ... more...
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  • Weathering the Storm
    Hi I am Josie, I am new to this site.   Let me explain what occurred.   In late 2015, I started having fainting spells.   The spells would occur and then resolve with no obvious reason for the loss of consciousness.   Starting in March 2017 the spells began to inexplicably escalate. I am cared for at the Cedar Sinai Electrophysiology Department and Advanced ... more...
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  • Lost my Mom last week
    Hello everyone, I hope that you all read this because I have some important information to share.  I lost my mom last week.  I need to go into the background of my story to explain how she died and I think that all of you will be affected and interested.  I also have a co-worker who is in a coma after a sudden stroke/aneurism.  She is off of life support but still ... more...
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  • My Adjusted Life
    My life “started” when I got into a car accident eleven years ago, when I was twenty-two. I fell asleep at the wheel and got into a head-on collision with a school bus. (That’s right…largest possible vehicle on the road, and I lived to tell the tale.) Thankfully, this all happened almost across the street from a hospital, so I got to an emergency room ... more...
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  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    On July 19, 2016 I survived a sudden cardiac arrest.  I had an appointment with my electrophysiologist, and stopped for an errand nearby his office, 75 miles from my house.  I woke up several days later in the ICU.  I have no memory of about an hour before the event.  I had checked in at the window and chatted with the receptionist, and sat down in the waiting ... more...
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  • Heart Attacks
    I have alot of them help me please more...
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  • My husband has changed
    My husband had a heart attack in Feb. His personality has changed drastically. He has become verbally aggressive and overly sensitive. The environment is toxic. He either won't speak to me or challenges everything I say. He is not the same person. Had 4 stents placed. more...
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  • right heart failure
    I had a mild heart attack at age 49, 2 years ago due to hypoxia from bilateral pneumonia. I am a nurse and because of this I now want to specialize in cardiac nursing. I read many of your stories and I now more than ever want to help patients with cardiac conditions. Your stories were all so touching. I have decided to go back to school to further my degree and I am ... more...
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  • Silent Heart Attack/6 Stents Placed And 120 Days Later Run A 5K
     I hope to be an Ambassador for the AHA to share my story with others and help in anyway possible. Everyone's story is slightly different although we all suffered a heart attack. We all have been fortunate to survive and some impacted harder than others during thier recovery. I feel fortunate that I'm here with a second chance at life.  I would say to those ... more...
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    Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects), among others.   The term "heart disease" is often used ... more...
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  • Coming to terms
    Last Friday I was given such sad news that one of my aunty passed away due to health related factors from diabetes to heart failure. I have cried everyday since then. My family has the issues with diabetes. i had been checked and found I'm close to diabetes by one point. For me that has my eye opened and I do want to have a much fulfilling life. It is scary. I do ... more...
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  • Daughter of a stroke survivor
    My mother suffered a massive left-sided stroke about 20 days ago. She had a moderate stroke in 2005, a couple of TIAs serious enough to go to the hospital for observation, and a small stroke in 2008. These strokes did not prepare me for the devastating effects of a massive stroke.  Although I was familiar with the types of physical limitations a stroke can ... more...
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  • AV Malformation
    In 1978 I was a 14yr old girl that was diagnosed with an AV malformation that ruptured causing a grapefruit size blood clot on the left side of my brain.  I was forturnate to have brain surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.  I was told I didn't need physical theraphy after being paralyized on my right side because they were able to clear the blood causing ... more...
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  • Given Another Chance
    I had a sudden heart attack on the morning of Aug 30,2016. No warning.  I was taken to a hospital near by where it was determined I was in the process of having a massive heart attack.  From that hospital I was rushed via ambulence to a 2nd hospital where it was discovered I had 1 artery 99% blocked. A stent was put in my LAD.  I am now an advocate for heart ... more...
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  • Yeah I'm alive!
    I made it through many bouts of afib but I'm still here. more...
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  • Fear of Sudden Death or how do I prepare myself for the worst scenario.
    BAV. Genetic condition, born with two flaps in aortic valve, instead of a normal peace sign. OK. What does that mean at fort-nine (first experience with a cardiologist). No much. I was diagnosed with mitral-valve prolapse, after echo cardiagram. Move forward to 2009 and close to retirement from AT&T Mobility. Chest pains, emergency room, tests ... more...
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  • 41 year old works to live
    Hi, I'm Deana. I am 41 now and tryng to get through a day. Over 5 years ago on Novemeber 17, 2011, I woke up and got my kids off to school not feeling right. I kept repeating my words, smeling something weird. Had periods of this throughout the day till my daughter came home and saw the episode and said mom, call Big Andrew, my husband. I did, he came and got me, went ... more...
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  • Trying to figure out what is in store for my dad
    My dad had 2 strokes in his 40's. He regained fuction, but developed serious heart disease. He is in heart failure. I think it is because he has had type 1 diabetes since he was young. When he finlly got around to seeing a cardiologist stents and bypasses were no longer an option.  He has survived for about 20 years since the heart disease was diagnosed, which ... more...
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  • Two babies later...
    At age 24, I was single and living alone.  I began working on certification for personal fitness training.  I slept alot but just assumed I was depressed.  I went to the doctor for a sinus infection, but left the doctor appointment with a referral to a cardiologist because he "heard something wrong" with my heart.  Feeling awkward because I thought I was ... more...
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  • 3 Times not a Charm Lucky me
    59 years young on January 16, 2017 I had a massive heart attack doctors told me I died 3 times and every time they kept ringing me back,when I woke up I was in the hospital ICU told that I just came out of a coma now believe this was hard to believe but the last thing I remember was heck truthfully I can`t for some reason when I work up my wife was standing there ... more...
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  • Lucky or unlucky?
    I've cheated death four times. I am 48 years old. Always active, travel alot, generally happy. In the distant pass, I fell off a roof onto cement. Cracked my head open and severly fractured my knee. I didn't die though. Or becme paralyzed, so I was lucky. Right? Now for the recent past. Five years ago I was so stressed out at work. My boss was treating me ... more...
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  • Heart attack with 2 dfibs
    On April 23rd, 2016, at 45 years old,  I was having a heart attack and didn't even know it. I eventually made it to an emergency room where they told me I was having a heart attack. If my family would not have pushed the issue I would have taken a nap and tried to sleep off what I thought was heart burn. As they were going over what procedure was going to be ... more...
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  • Quintuple Bypass
    I have always been physically active and concientious about my health. I am a runner and have been for 30 years. So when I started to develop mild, occasional chest pains during my early morning runs, I dismissed them. Besides, they only occurred once in a while. Then one morning I experienced a pain that literally felt like I was stabbed in the chest. ... more...
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  • Indy's Law
    To whom it may concern,   I am Carriston Hendricks, FNP-C, and I am writing you in hopes of support on Indy's Law. Please allow me to explain. Baby Indy was seven days old and given a clean bill of health during her one week check up. Amanda Deason, RN, is Indy's mom, and noticed a slight change in her color and respirations during a feeding on day eight. She was ... more...
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  • It is said that God watches over children and fools, I can testify to that.
     I was in the emergency room Monday Feb 13 2017 with a suspected heart attack (I kept saying it was stress). I stayed overnight, had a bunch of blood work and a Stress Echo and an Echo Doppler and it was determine I did not have a heart attack and I was sent home. Saturday I felt some of the same symptoms again, but didn’t worry too much about it because, I was just ... more...
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  • Family experience changes you
    After seeing my brother in law have open heart surgery I am trying to understand and take better care of myself. more...
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  • Do you follow all of your physicians instructions?
    Dear Members, My name is Ryan Thiel, and I am a graduate student researcher at the University of Montana completing my thesis. Patients receive lots of advice and information during the treatment of a heart condition, and these messages can affect the way people make decisions regarding their health. I am looking for individuals with a clinical ... more...
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  • My Survival Story
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  • The Journey Ahead
    2 years ago at the age of 39 life changed.  After working a long Sunday (my day off) I climbed into bed at about 10pm.  I had been experiencing what I thought was acid reflux/heartburn for weeks now.  The heart burn started again and then both wrists started to hurt pretty bad.  The pain moved to both elbow and eventually both shoulders.  The pain in my chest ... more...
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  • I had WHAT? WHEN?
    50 y.o. femaie, workaholic, high stress job. I had been coughing for some time.  Went to PCP, got antibiotics and cough supressants.  Didn't help.  Took another course of antibiotics.  No help. It was a Saturday morning about two months ago (January) and I decided to go to the urgi-care center because I heard myself wheezing and gurgling. The doctor put ... more...
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  • Stent placement has me angry and scared
    I am a 66 year old woman who has been in excellent health, except for the occasional fall and sprained or broken ankles or hand.  I never smoked, I rarely have a glass of wine, I am at my BMI, and I took no medication. My BP has always been excellent, my cholesterol has always been at goal, great sugar levels, and I try to get in at least 5000 steps a day.  I eat a low ... more...
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  • Survivor
    On September 15, 2014 I had a heart attack and then cardiac arrest. I have a stent in my LAD and so happy to be alive. I was doing really good at eating well and working out but have fell off the wagon and need to get my act together again. more...
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  • Taking care of my wife who had a stroke
    Hello everyone My wife had a stroke on July 7, 2015. She woke up that morning complaining that her right leg was numb. She was 68 years old then. We have been married 49 years.  I thought she was just having a cramp in her leg, so we attempted to get her out of bed.  She could not get out of bed, and was having a hard time talking.  Called 911, they came and took her to ... more...
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  • Recovering from recent heart surgery
    I am 55 competitive Type A person and recently had open heart surgery to perform a double bypass and aortic valve and stem replacement. My condition really started in late 2015 after my fourth surgery on my shoulder to deal with a stubborn infection.  Listening to my heart my infectious disease doctor commented on my heart murmur.  I told her is was ... more...
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  • After a heart attack
    I suffered a heart attack back in 2010 at the age of 47. I had 100% blockage on one of my arteries and was approx. 1 to 1 1/2 hour before a stent was put in. I was informed later that I had lost approx 10% of my heart muscle but my heart function was still good. Since shortly after release from Hospital I have been experienceing fatigue . For 6 yrs now I have been ... more...
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  • HOW I GOT HERE
    I retired at 65. Eights months later during a routine errand I felt sick, came home and went to bed. My husband checked on me and I told him I just needed rest and he said he'd let me sleep awhile. Our ten-year-old cat curled around my feet and I drifted off. About an hour later said cat woke me up attacking my face! I sat up to straighten him out and realized I ... more...
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  • 3x Congenital Heart Defect Survivor
    I was born in 1990 in Anderson, SC with a fully cyanotic body. I shocked the delivery room as my blue body brought revelation that my heart was  not  well. I was rushed by helicopter to Charleston, SC to MUSC Children's Hospital. I was soon diagnosed with 3 Congenital Heart defects: Ebstein's Anomaly, Pulmonary Atresia, and Atrial Septal Defect. Because ... more...
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  • Massive Heart Attack Survivor
    I was vacationing in Florida, July 2015.  Had just Parasailed with my family and was back at our condo to eat and go to the beach.  I ate my lunch and sat in chair for a minute and noticed my left arm was hurting, right at the bend of my shoulder.  Pain went on for a while and I started sweating.  I knew something was wrong.  I've been around those with heart ... more...
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  • locked-in-syndrome
    My 49 year old daughter had a stroke on Jan.16th, resulting in locked-in syndrome. She is able to communicate with the use of a spelling board. She has a little movement in that she can turn  her head. Sometimes she can squeeze a finger, but that is all.  She was working in NY and is in a Brain Rehab Center there. Her family lives in CA and we hope to bring her ... more...
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  • My unexpected new life...
    6 years after chemo/radiation/hormone treatment of breast cancer, I felt i finally returned to my previous/"normal" self: Full time working, totally enjoying my (almost) daily brisk walking, minimal pills, physically and mentally feeling good, fostering kittens for the local community... "Life is good!" As I approach to my big bday coming in ... more...
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  • esp test
    Hi all , newby here. Ive been living with heart disease now for 22 years. 3 heart attacks 5 stents since 1995 . 61 year old male. Ive been quite lucky wih my condition and of course with my cardiologists. I amd now at the point where i have been told my ef is approx 39 % . just had a angio last week to rule out more blockage, this result was good. now for the esp test , ... more...
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  • What will be next?
    May 3, 2016, my husband who just died last year's birthday. I woke up about 7 AM, and had coffee as always, started to notice my right hand was numb and right cheek felt odd. I live alone so I talk to myself out loud a lot to just hear a voice in the house.  The numbness had passed and only lasted about 30 seconds.  About 5 minutes later it happened again, I was ... more...
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  • 32 year old VAD Stroke Survivor
    My name is Kandi, and I am a 32 year old VAD stroke survivor. I was in the process of training for Disney World's 1/2 Marathon, and was running a 5K when it happened.  Little did I know, that is what was happening.  I was almost to the finish line, when my right shoulder began to hurt.  I didn't think anything of it, just thought my sports bra was a little tight and ... more...
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  • Test
    Test from Katie  more...
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  • Heart Attack Survivor(s) Care Giver
    My father had a heart attack when I was in high school, the summer I was due to start my junior year; for years, he'd been a chronic smoker, going through a pack of Tahoe's in one day! He went to visit my mother in the hospital (who had also had a heart attack; left her with 30% of her heart working; she died last October & I was also her care giver) & almost as soon as ... more...
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  • Survived two Transient Ischemic Attacks within 18 months
    I'm 58 years old and suffered my first TIA in March 2015.  The day before the attack in the evening I was extremely dizzy and almost unable to walk without assistance.  I also had blurred vision that evening where I could not focus to read.  I went to work the next day and during a small office meeting with a few people I began to stumble over my words and a severe ... more...
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  • Caregiver for Stroke Survivor
    My husband, Mike, and I will have our 5th wedding anniversary on March 10th.  I have 2 step daughters that are both in college.  We were looking forward to being empty nesters.  On Memorial Day, 2016, Mike had a stroke at home at age 53.  My step daughters were home but I was in Virginia visiting family and friends.  I had talked to Mike at 6:30 that night and ... more...
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  • I survived my first cardiac arrhythmia
    Hi, My name is Sabine, I am 32 years old and I come from Mauritius. I was born with a heart anomally and was operated at 4 months old in Johannesburg. My parents were told that I would be fine and would lead a normal life and... I did, until now. Last Sunday was the scariest night of my life... I had a cardiac arrythmia for the first time... On Sunday evening my ... more...
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  • Tom Smith Dancing Stroke Surrivor
    http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/how-we-live/2016/05/01/secret-life-tom-smith-comic-book-creator-stroke-survivor/83620604/ my facebook stroke group.....https://www.facebook.com/groups/1162774673820517/members/ more...
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  • The Night Before Graduation
    Hello! I had a stroke the night before my "baby" my youngest daughter graduated from college. I had prayed for years, as an "older parent" and a widow, Lord just let me live long enough to see them through. Well, he did. He promised that. But, that night I as I stood up from my computer desk, my foot felt very odd, like it wasn't on the ground, and I could not get it ... more...
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  • Struggling to get my dad to do things
    Hi everyone.  I am Kelly and my dad has had his life change drastically since the beginning of December.  My dad ended up having a bipass.  The night before he was to be discharged he went unrepsonsive for a few minutes.  Neurologically everything is fine, he was not expected to make it through the night.  He came through and did go to Cardiac Rehab but his ... more...
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  • What a year
    My journey started in April, 2016.  I had not been feeling quite right, something was different.  My blood pressure at the hospital was 225/115.  After several tests it was determined that I had had a stroke.  That was on a Friday night.  I was released Sunday at 11 am.  Upon arrival at the hospital I could hop on or foot, raise my arms over my head, touch my ... more...
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  • WOW,can't beleive I have a Pacemaker ????
    Her I am with a pacemaker/defib implant in my chest. A few months ago I would have laughed at such a thought. I thought I was a healthy 66 yr.old Alaskan. Active with my sled dogs, living a remote Alaskan life style. No real clear warning of what was to come. I was alittle tired over the last few months,but put that off as maybe showing my age.LOL Anyway,thanks ... more...
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  • Anyone on Tikosyn? How's the side effects
    I went to another Dr. regarding my AFIB and that Sotalol was not helping me.  He recommended Tikosyn after he had researched my issues.  I'm trying to avoid jumping from one pot of boiling water to another pot of boiling water, so my question is, if anyone reading this has been on Tikosyn, can you please tell me how has it been for you?  thank you more...
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  • Widowmaker Jan6 2017
    I have already posted my story but was playing around and put it in poem....Enjoy and best wishes and prayers to all my fellow survivors. It was a cold snowy Friday, a cold winters day. I started my truck soon would be on my way. I ran back in the house to grab my daytimer and phone, I felt a pain in my chest, who would have known, Coffee and toast was breakfast that ... more...
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  • HEART ATTACK AT 36
    Hello Everyone, On 11 Feb 2017 I suffered a heart attack and survived. I am 36 years old and active duty military. I have been around the world and in & out of combat situations, but this is probably the most scared I've ever been. It was Saturday and I was home alone (my wife was at work- she's a military Reservist), I went through my regular morning routine for ... more...
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  • The day I died.
    I have no memory of anything for @ 6 weeks leading up till 02/06/2014, this is my story as told to me by others. I spent the night of 02/05 at my mothers cottage in a retirement center, she was in the hospital and I was supposed to meet with her Dr the next morning, my son, Sam, and I went to see her that evening and he went home( he lives with his mother) and I went to ... more...
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  • 45 And Thought I Had Indigestion... P.S. Just A Little Heart Attack Knocking On My Door.
    Hello everyone, I am Michelle and I had a heart attack! Yuk! I am 45 years young. On January 8, I had woke up, made a bowl of cereal, ate it and watched some TV. My husband and granddaughter woke and I asked them if they wanted me to make them some breakfast. I had two pieces of bacon on the stove from the day before. You know, the extra crispy, yummy kind. I ate those ... more...
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  • Sharing My Story
     Hello everyone,       I am in a serious  fight to keep myself eating right, staying fit and healthy.  I was diagnosed with CHF heart disease in 2005  (Undiscovered in childhood from Rheumatic Fever and later in difficult emergency c-section due to alarming heart rates during  pregnancy/labor 1995 and Diabetes found later in 2016.  Medications and ... more...
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  • So what's the Story
    Well, this is my story. I've been posted a couple times on Support Network and I am a survivor and Ambassador for the American Heart Association. I am giving a speech next Tuesday for the US Courts in D.C. and gave one last week at a Senior Wellness Center. I've lost 50 lbs and walk about 7-10 miles a day, play full court basketball with the young ones, do ... more...
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  • From 24 Hours To 4 Months: My Stroke Story
    May 20, 2016 I flew to Los Angelas, CA to visit a friend.  Just a quick trip to LA, 24 hours, if that.  Three hours after I landed at LAX I had a stroke.  I was a 46 year old woman in good health.  I didn't know I was having a stroke, aside from the severe headache I was experiencing.  I got out of bed and kind of stumbled into the bathroom.  I felt my face go numb and ... more...
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  • I think Princess Leia saved my life...
    I'm a 60 year old t2 diabetic woman with no prior history of heart deiease although my medical doctors kept using the scare tactic about how i'm going to have  a heart attack or stroke if I don't get my blood sugar (a1c) under control.  I challenged them back by saying if you think I"m going to have a heart attack or stroke the lets test me and the echos, blood ... more...
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  • Thankful for the miracle & heart filled with love
    This past November 8th I had the second of two open heart surgeries - throw in a little battle with cancer and these past five years have been such a roller coaster - and yet, here I am sharing my story of hope and survival.  Truly a miracle. Five years ago I got a horrible staph infection.   It did not go to my heart but I was beyond sick.  My primary care doctor ... more...
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  • A Work In Progress Of The Heart.
    My journey with my heart being restricted came as a surprise.  I thought I was relatively healthy.  I was eating healthy portions, exercising, had some stress from work.  But, not anything I considered serious.  I went for my annual physical, I was coughing with some congestion and my chest xray revealed some cloudiness.  The doctor, thought I  was ... more...
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  • Its The Heart Nightmare 02-13-17
      On March 21 1984 I was 34 years old and while sitting at lunch I suffered a transient ischemia attack although I didn’t have the name for it till years later, I lost my peripheral vision, my memory of peoples names that I knew well also disappeared. It lasted about 40 minutes and I covered it up then returned to work. My assistant convinced me I should not ... more...
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  • ADAPTABLE STUDY
    Has anyone seen the ADAPTABLE Study video, wanted to know if anyone was in the study and what do they think about it. The study is for patients who have Heart Disease and can tolerate aspirin from 80 - 325mg the team of doctors are trying to find out what is the correct doses for patients with heart disease. It sounds like a important study because my ... more...
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  • Surprise Heart Attack
    I'm a Vet. Had served my country for 22 yrs., thought I was in good health because of doing physical exercise 3 times a week.  Moved from Killeen, TX, took a job in Waco, TX at 63 yrs old.  Had no idea I was over weight, until I had a heart attack.  I thought it was the turkey bacon, I had been eating for years.  Only to find out, some of it is saltier than regular ... more...
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  • My heart story
    Sorry for my long post first of all… I was living a healthy life, sometimes stressed due to work & not always very active, but overall quite healthy. I never smoked, rarely drank and was a vegetarian so I tried to eat healthy. The weekend of August 13th we had an extreme oppressive heat wave (real feel temp of 115*) and I remember feeling chest pressure every ... more...
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  • Living Life Fully With Half of a Heart (HLHS)
    On November 23 rd 1988, the day before Thanksgiving, my parents welcomed me into the world. Unlike most newly diagnosed Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) babies, my parents had no idea that they were welcoming a little girl with a complex heart condition. A moment that should have been filled with joy and excitement quickly turned hectic and ... more...
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  • From "mild to moderate" aortic stenosis to We're not letting you leave here until it is fixed".
    This pertains to my heart disease journey only - if you take time to read my profile you'll read that it is only one more step in my journey I call life. My name is Kim and ever since my first echocardiogram a few years ago,  I was always told my aortic stenosis was mild to moderate and the only medication was one to lower my cholesterol.  I had known I had a heart ... more...
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  • 61year old Heart Attack newby
    Three weeks ago I thought I was experiencing the worst case of heart burn in my life. I had three night shifts left and was being bull headed as a few of us guys are, I told my wife I would go see my doctor when I went on days off. I finished my last night of work got home and immediately told my wife I am hurting so bad you need to take me to the ER. Well I had been ... more...
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  • WHEN GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION!
    Hello, My name is Yvette Samuels and I am a 51 year old female. In March of 2015, I had 3 heart attacks and a stroke that night. As the months went by, I have had several mini strokes. I went home in June of 2015 after some rehab and 1 week and a half after arriving home, my lungs filled up with fluid and my heart stopped and I have to be revived. I have had may mini ... more...
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  • A-fib and Supraventricular Tachycardia
    I am a 63 year old women who experienced chest discomfort on breathing, severe fatigue, weakness and just not feeling well about two years ago.  I  work part-time so after work I decided to go to the ER thinking that I had pneumonia.  When I went into Triage and they took my BP and pulse, which were extemely high, they rushed me into a room and started all kinds ... more...
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  • Heart Transplant Survivor
    Hello. I am 34 years old and a heart transplant recipient. Nine years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. In 2013 I was implanted a pacemaker/defibrillator. In December 2015 I was told my heart was failing a lot and was placed on the heart transplant list. On May 7, 2016 I received my second chance of life and received a good and healthy heart. I am very ... more...
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  • I'm a survivor and a fighter!
    In 2008, at age 59, I had a heart attack.  Before that time, I was reasonably healthy despite having an autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome.  I was trim, never smoked, and fairly active, participating in ballroom dancing, tai chi and walking regularly, so the heart attack came as a complete surprise.  My husband was out of town and I thought I was just ... more...
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  • alive
    i am a 58 year old female with one son and my life has not been a easy life to live but thank God for putting me on other path walk i had 8 heart attack and i am here today to say that no matter what you can make a diffrence in your life and every one else because you been down that road of failer and now you have to on the road of sucess to live a better life. more...
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  • trying to live a long & happy healthy life with CHF
    Where do I start? 38 years ago I was born with a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. At the age of 5 years old I was in remission. 20 years later I gave birth to my son and the month following his birth I was in congestive heart failure with an EF of 13%. After alot of hard work and determination I got my EF back up to 55%. When then were told we could have more ... more...
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  • 4 Miracles
    Most people in the US celebrate July fourth as the birthday of our nation.  I also celebrate that date as my rebirth date.  You see, on that date I was given the gift of life by a very generous donor.  It is the thoughtfulness of the donors and their families who should be honored on this occasion. At the time of our transplants all of us recipients were merely ... more...
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  • Dodging Death
    For the past twelve years I have carved four or five days out of my week, to slide into a pair of shorts, slip on a light t-shirt, tie on a pair of trail running shoes and head out into the foothills or mountains to clear my head and surround myself in beauty... running through what has amounted to many tens of thousands of miles of trails. Six days ago, a mere ten ... more...
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  • 25 Years old with a broken heart
    My name is Jocelyn, I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure just over a year ago in December of 2015. I will always remember December 12th as the day my life turned upside down. I can however say I was not surprised to hear my diagnosis due to losing my mother when I was 5 years old and her 21 at the time to the same disorder I have today. I ... more...
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  • My story....Thank GOD I'm here to tell it.
    Previous Recipient to the Presidential Physical Fitness Award at age 35, runner for the Special Olympics Torch Run, teacher for aerobics and health. actively taught two sons and stepson soccer and baseball and still here to complete my Lifetime Achievement Award in Fitness. Never having heart issues in the gene pool and helping others with their ... more...
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  • Just joined
    Hi my name is Krys I found this site while surfing info on heart disease, valve disease, and afib. I was diagnosed with afib last march, had a severe episode while I was driving a bus at work. When the paramedics got me in the rig and hooked up to ekg- my heart rate was over 150.  Got to the er and the drs thought they would have to shock my heart to get it back in ... more...
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  • My son and CHD
    We learned at 16 weeks pregnant something was wrong with my son's heart.  As we went through the pregnancy, we met with several cardiologist and met with two hospitals to see which would be the right fit for us.  We chose Hopkins and have been very pleased with my son's treatment.  My son was born with dextrocardia, transposition of great arteries, ... more...
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  • 5 years approaching
    I used to and still joke about this sometimes with close friends: my heart was broken and torn, literally on Valentine's Day, 14th Feb 2012... I am a 41 year old Asian. On this day nearly 5 years ago at 37, I was playing volleyball with friends when something like a heavy ball hit me in the chest. Initially thinking it could be a bad heartburn, I tried resting ... more...
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  • Don't EVER do this
       Easter Sunday, 2015. I'm just sitting at the kitchen table wasting time on the internet, as usual. I feel my heart fluttering again. I had been telling my doctors about feeling this every once in a great while since my twenties but they could never pick it up, even with a Holter monitor a couple of times. I'm 60 years old and I guess desensitized to it since ... more...
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  • First off, I know I did it wrong.
    Let me preface this by saying I know I handled this really stupidly. I was 37 years old in the summer of 2015, and I was bored on a summer afternoon. I decided I would head over to the local amusement park and go on some rides. Just about as soon as I got in the car, I felt my chest hurting, almost in my throat. It was like someone was grabbing me behind the sternum.  ... more...
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  • With so many chances, I realized I am a survivor and winner. I won´t give up!
    Until 35 years old I used to be very active, visiting regurlarly the cardiologist. I had two cardiac arrests, 2009 (I did after this event a cardiac ablation) and 2010 I had another cardiac arrest event. In 2010, they realized that I need to improve my blood pressure using the med Fludrocortisone acetate. I used med to improve my blood pressure until 2014 ... more...
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  • A Heart Attack? Me?
    My heart was the last thing on my mind when I woke up on January 4, 2017.  The night before, I had finally been able to attend my Pilates class for the first time since knee surgery in November.  The meniscus tear I'd suffered after falling off my bike in August had sidelined me from the activities I love, and returning to my twice-weekly Pilates class was to ... more...
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  • My Heart Attack
                 My Heart Attack      I was 49, now 50 year old male. On May 16,2016 at 6:30 am I had my heart attack.  I was making the bed. Wife getting ready for work and oh my god, I can't catch my breath. Stand there trying to breathe. Look at my wife and say I think something is wrong.  She asks are you ok . No I need to go to bathroom, I can't stop this pain in my chest.  Are ... more...
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  • My story! It's a long one!!
    My story started way back in 1994 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation. It is that radiation that the doctors believe contributed to my heart problems. Then in 2010 I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer, Neuroendrocine Carcinoid. The stats for that are 1 in 100,000. It is even more rare in siblings. My ... more...
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  • Don't Keep Walking
    On a hot, sticky July monring, I left my apartment for Central Park. I was going for a short jog before I headed for my dreaded mammography. I wasn't in the mood but if I let my moods dictate my exercise regimen, I would have turned into a couch potato long ago. I can't say it was my best run, but it wasn't my worse, and I felt fine. That was until I reached the bridal ... more...
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  • Adult Congenital Heart Defect Survivor
    My story is one of a congenital heart defect survivor.  I was born with aortic stenosis along with cleft lip and cleft palate. After I was born, a heart irregularity was discovered. However, it was not until I was 2 months old when I had a heart catheterization, that the severe aortic stenosis was diagnosed. Two years later, I underwent my first open heart ... more...
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  • Widowmaker Jan6 2017
    Well....it happened. On Jan 6th 2017 I suffered my first Heart Attack. LAD 90% blocked. I am 54 years old, ironicly the same age my brother passed away from his first heart attack. My father also passed away from his 3rd heart attack at 62 years old. A close friend told me it was almost like I was waiting for it to happen as I had always thought due to family ... more...
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  • My new journey or the second half
    I thought I was having asthma problems and stopped by the local clinic for an inhaler. I live in a small town of 1600 people.  They listened took blood and then a chest x-ray. The doctor came in and said that my lungs were ok but that my heart was enlarged and had fluid around it. The GNP was in the 600's. They sent me to a nearby town the next week for a stress test ... more...
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  • My Heart 2014
    I am Marci Heiney: This is my Heart Story! In in the spring of 2014 I became very ill. I was not certain what was wrong. I went to the doctor and to the ER several times. I was diagnosed with Vertigo and Hypertension that were pretty high. Nothing with my heart was showing up. Let’s back up:  13 years prior to this I had different symptoms that required me to get a ... more...
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  • Stroke and our road to recovery
    February 2016: my husband Matt, 46 at the time, is rushed to the ER.  He had collapsed on the bathroom floor.  He has been sick with a bad cold the few days prior, and in the hospital was diagnosed with pneumonia. But his heart was in A-fib.  Anti-biotics and blood thinners were administered.  36 hours later at around 10pm, I got a phone call from the hospital ... more...
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  • 2nd Heart Attack took me by suprize
    August 3, 2015, was my first heart attack.  I felt this heart attack was a warning sign and I changed my lifestyle.  I lost over 35 pounds (I still want to lose another 20 pounds), I started working out, walking on a treadmill and was eating healthier than ever.  My second heart attack occured on December 29, 2016 and completely took me by suprize, I did not ... more...
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  • I knew He would never leave me
    This journey started on 11/4/2016 as I was to have surgery for a torn meniscus on my left knee, as I was being prepped for surgery in the pre-op room as they hook me up to the EKG machine, my heart started racing out of control when they announced I was Afib, they proceeded to administer medicines thru my body to calm my heart down which kept me over night at the ... more...
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  • Hannah's Big Heart
    My name is Larry Spain, and my eight year old daughter (Hannah) was diagnosed with Arterial Septal Defect (a hole in her heart) in November 2016 and she had open heart surgery in December 2016. Now she and I are co-writing a children’s book about Hannah’s open heart surgery experience. The book is titled “Hannah’s Big Heart” for two reasons; first because ... more...
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  • A Broken Heart
    Hi! My name is Jen and I am 50 year old college student here in Lubbock TX. My college journey started in 2014 via Everest University Online for my Associates in Computer Science. I have since moved onto Virginia College for Network Technician. I also put in time at Texas Tech University for my Bachelors in Management Information Systems/Web Application ... more...
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  • Faith in God!
    hello, my name is Tiffanie Baker. I am a 27 year old female with a 1 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. Unfortunately, in May 16th of last year, I had a stroke due to a congenital heart defect called a atrial septal defect and caused by a pfo (patent foramen ovale) also known as a whole in my heart. It caused me to form a clot and it traveled to my brain. I was paralyzed ... more...
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  • Living and Information on survival of Heat Attack and Stroke
     I was 50 years old and had worked in the medical field for 20 years ,was asked by one of the girls that worked for me why I was not using my left arm to input information responded that my arm was painful and felt hot was taken to ER to find out my BP was elevated and was admitted having a heart attack . In the hospital for three days with a cardiac Dr's appontment in ... more...
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  • New to Heart Problems
    I am 70 years old.  A couple of months ago, I had an abnormal ekg.  Next told I needed two stents.  After that told I need bypass.  I thought I was fine before all of this.  Now I feel like I have a big problem.  Reading about bypass and it sounds like a very serious operation.  I have never had anything like that.  Hoping for some support!  And, hope I can give ... more...
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  • My heart attack story.
    I am a 49 year old man that suffered my first attack on December 16/2016, just 4 weeks ago. I had 3 stents inserted in blocked arteries on the right side of my heart and I still have 80 % blockage on a few arteries located on the left side of my heart. Recovery during the first 3 weeks went well where I was up to walking 2-2.5 miles each day on the treadmill but now at ... more...
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  • Turn Off Life Support?
    A close friend who had a stroke five days ago, who initially showed some progress but whose condition worsened over the last three days, is currently on life support. In the first couple of days he was communicative. However he is now in an induced coma and unresponsive when they periodically reduce the medication. They are planning to remove life ... more...
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  • Stressed, Scared, Worried
    My partner, a bright, energetic 64-year old, ultramarathoner and dancer, collapsed 5 days ago as a blod clot entered his brain. His motor functions are OK, but he has aphasia and loss of executive function. I am scared for him and looking for all the tools that I can find to help him get better.  more...
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  • Short Version Of A Long Story, And Maybe Like Your Own.
    I am a widower and father.  I retired in 2013 at age 59, sold my suburban home in the SF Bay Area and moved to Seattle.  I love Seattle, and my son and daughter-in-law live here.  Being single and relatively young I moved to an urban neighborhood and began exploring Seattle and socializing in various ways.  I found myself hankering for connections in my ... more...
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  • At 52 I was in top shape, how did I end up with a Quad Bypass?
    Hello, my name is Robin. I am 52yrs old. My story involves genetics. I had been in great shape as a Personal Trainer, Crossfitter and Competitor. January of 2016 I started to feel burning of the skin in my neck area down to the upper chest area like I had a bad sunburn. After a couple of months of letting this go I finally went to see a Doctor. He said I had walking ... more...
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  • my story
    Hi My name is Greg. I am a 57 year old male. I had my first stroke on jan 22 2007. It was an ischemic. I was turned into less than a person. I could not talk, walk, read, spell or anything. But I had my mind. It took me at least 2 years to return to what I considered somewhat normal. I still have right side numbness on the whole. I have a limp, causing me to have had a total ... more...
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  • surprise at 51 years old
    My name is michael,my story starts withingnring shortness of breath too long. family doctors though I had chest infction, wasted 2 weeks with that, no improvement. then he orders stress test,which I failed. Then after another week I finaly got family doc to order nuke stress test, which showed normal eg under stress, bt abnormal, at rest. Thank god for a ... more...
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  • Reversing Heart Failure-Mission NOT Impossible
    When the echocardiogram technician with a troubled look on her face said, “I can’t find your heartbeat-it is so weak, I jokingly replied: “I know why, it is because I left my heart in San Francisco.” Nobody laughed. In May, 2016, A diagnosis of acute idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (Stage 4 terminal congestive heart failure) was soon facing ... more...
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  • A Heart A What???
     "Something feels wrong mom I think I need to go to the emergency room." With those words my life was changed forever. I woke up Thursday, January 1, 2015 with an awful lower back pain. All I could think was that it stunk to start a new year with this kind of pain. Friday I got up still in pain but determined to not ruin my weekend or the last few days of Christmas ... more...
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  • I got a second chance
    The weekend of May 7 th 2016 was supposed to be an amazing weekend of rodeo, friends and fun. I had gone to Riggins, ID for the Riggins Rodeo with my good friend Timmy. I woke up Saturday morning super sick. I didn’t really complain of a headache, just super nauseous. I remember going to breakfast and trying to eat but I just couldn’t. I remember nothing for the ... more...
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  • scared..
    Over the holidays strange things happened that I blew off as stress (my job and family life have left me wiped out): vomiting small amount of blood, daily nausea, heart palpitations, exhaustion, migraines.  I finally went in after a scary experience while relaxing.  I felt my heart stop, after a few seconds it kicked in with extreme pain that knocked my ... more...
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  • Winning The Stroke Lottery
    I am the person that never wins contests, lotteries, or raffles. If there was a small chance of winning a given thing, I had not ever been the “lucky winner”. So when I had a stroke from an AVM that had hemorrhaged at age 25, imagine my surprise that I was the ONE in 200 to 500 people that are born with an AVM. The day of my stroke, I had just attempted to do a yoga move ... more...
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  • Heart nightmare
    I was age 27 when to the hospital in a new city Denver. I was so afraid to die.My heart stopped, I was gone for a while. I remember, a beautiful place. I had to get back to my 3 kids.I had a full hysterectomy, I had cancer. No chemo it was caught very early. My husband was planing on leaving me thanks to God, and the great doctors I came back stronger than ever.I am 70 ... more...
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  • Nasty surprise during a snow storm
    I was asymtomatic just two months before but at 62 I was taking medicine for type 2 diabetes, Hypertension and Hyperlipidia . I had been on a buisness trip and I caught a cold which went to Broncitus then Pnemonia. My doctor treated my symtoms but I did not recover from the pnemonia. I gained ten pounds in my gut and my cough would not go away. I was having ... more...
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  • Independence Day Stroke
    So, on the 4th of July, i had fireworks of my own. Fortunatly, I was with all of my family and got immediate attention. It was determined by MRI that I actually had 2 strokes. I was lucky as far as the resulting deficits. The stroke was right side and didn't last long. I lost feeling in my left hand. I lost the ability to write. But I had full use of my limbs.With ... more...
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  • Life with a defective heart
    Hello, My name is Jeff and I'm a 39 year old father of 3 and husband to an amazing lady. I was born with an aortic bicuspid valve and had to go for check ups since I was a baby. Medication before dentist appointments, try not to get to sick or ride roller coasters etc.. my 38th annual check up I was told I developed an aneurysm in my thoracic aorta. I was devastated ... more...
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  • How The Queen Of Denial Became A Survivor...
    Hello everyone! My name is Jeani Codrey, I am 50 years old and on November 26, 2016 (Thanksgiving Weekend) I suffered a massive heart attack and died. I was brought back had a stent put in and spent a week in the hospital. I woke up in ICU with no recollection of four hours of my life to the terrified faces of my husband, 19 year old son and our pastor. I had no idea ... more...
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  • This Christmas is a downer.
    This XMAS is pretty blue for me.  I was depressed before my heart attack and now it's XMAS.  Whe  ee I am living with my grown kids, and without them I wouldn't want to live.  I would have no one.  I can't even picture that.  Anyway, not everyone is in my situation.  Or feels the way I do.  So for those people,  MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR dang it!  ... more...
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  • What To Do Immediately/Urgently to cope with a Heart Attack ?
    Today when I was in consultation again with my Cardiaoligist some new angles were tossed out and I would love to share those with all of friends here. Please note that Im not a doctor and every thing I write here is with good intentions and bonafide. My Cardialogist advised me that if and when ever a heart attack happens to any one which is endorced by ECG or ... more...
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  • 21 Years Later And Still Strong
    21 years ago I had a prenatal stroke. It has affected my life in every sense since then. I have never experienced life without the side effects of my stroke. Maybe it is easier that way. To never have the ability to feel and coordinate motor movements on the left side of my body one day and then have that taken away. The day I had my stroke is the day that I ... more...
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  • fear of having another one
    Hi.  Since 2006 I have had two mild heart attacks, two heart surgeries, and 7 stents.  I like collecting things but stents was not what I had in mind.  One of the heart attacks was in July of 2016.  I feel like I have put my life on hold since 2006 and live in constant fear of having another one.  I am only 45 and all of this started when I was 35.  I just got a new ... more...
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  • I have my daddy's heart. . .
    On my 18th wedding anniversary, August 9, 2015,  I had a massive heart attack.  Two days prior, I had returned home via plane from visiting my daughter in Kentucky.  My husband and I celebrated our anniversary, I went to bed around 10, and was up just after midnight sweating profusely, experiencing jaw pain and weakness in my left arm.  I also had some pain ... more...
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  • My husband's behavior is breaking my heart
    In March 2016, my 72 year old husband had a brain stem stroke.  It frightened both of us.  He responded well to rehab and was able to return home with some in-home physical therapy.  Within a month he returned to work part-time and by July he was back to work full-time.  Work has been good physical and emotional therapy for him.  He does still have some ... more...
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  • my condition
    I am a 65 year old male.  Had a stent put in 1 yr ago.  This has solved the problem of not being able to run or ride my bike as I can do this things easily for an hour or more.   I do have some strange things that happen which seem to be related to my food consumption.  If I overindulge in sweets my heart beats very, very irregularly.  I also have to urinate very ... more...
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  • Heart failure
    Hi. In May of 2015, I had an aortic valve replacement.  I had no idea I had a problem until I went in for surgery to have the hardware removed from my spine.  The anethesioligist told me I was in the 3rd pahse of the disease and told me to see a carrdiologist immediately when able.  I did and the cardiologist sent me for an angiagram on a Tuesday. On Wednesday the ... more...
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  • Losing My Grandmother to Heart Disease
    I recently have lost my Grandmother to heart disease, which has bought me to this website. My grandma was only 59 years old when she passed away from a heart attack. It was just unfortunate and sad because she was just fine. She had been losing weight to maintain her health and prepare for her knee surgery. Also, she had a doctors visit two weeks prior to her ... more...
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  • A long journey to surgery
     My journey to open heart surgery was a long one, starting when I was 10 and began seeing a cardiologist on a regular basis. I was diagnosed with Marfan Sydrome when I was a kid and as more was learned about the disease my diagnosis changed from Marfan sydrome to something related to Marfan Sydrome, Loeyz Dietz maybe? Genetic tests were negative for ... more...
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  • How to get your "head" in the right place.
    I was diagnosed over 3 years ago with servere aortic valve stenosis. It came about after I passed out and was taken to hospital for concussion. A number of tests were run to see why I passed out and was given the diagnosis. They wanted to operate straight away, but I managed to get out (my mother had just had a stroke and I needed to take are of her). I needed time ... more...
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  • New to this TIA 11/16
    Hi I am quite new to all this.  I had what they say was a TIA on Nov 16.  I was told no lasting effects, go back to work.  I tried and got lost on the drive twice.  I got to work at a call centre late, when I couldn't answer the first customers questions fast enough or for that matter correctly he called me stupid and I decided I was not ready for work.  My GP agreed and ... more...
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  • Daughter With Heart Failure
    Hi all. My daughter, who turned 21 last July, came down with viral cardiomyopathy last spring and ended up in the ER in mid June on a Monday. She was discharged the following Thursday but crashed that night and went back into the ER, then cardiac ICU the next day (Friday), where she stayed for about a week. On Sunday we were told about the prospect of a ... more...
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  • What No One Wants Me To Say.
    I wrote this several months ago after receiving the latest round of less than stellar news from my cardiologist. I posted it on my (until then) humorous blog and I subsequently read it to him in its entirety, hoping for some positive solutions or maybe a sense of outrage that I went through this. I love my cardiologist, and I probably caught him off guard, ... more...
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  • Hi this is my story
    Well its difficult at times to talk about my afib and congestive heart failure. All I know is I am sad and in disbelief at times. One day in 2005 I thoght I had a bad cold. I was coughing and wheezing. I did not sleep that night at all. My oldest daughter said we should go to the hospital. That is when my life changed. After testings and following up with doctors I ... more...
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  • Glad to be alive !
    I had no pain, just a feeling of fatigue and shortness of breath that was resolved when I stood still or sat down. This feeling started after a very busy summer of swimming and playing with grand kids. I even quit smoking and resolved to get back into shape. I was then 60 y/o , overweight, a smoker, but very active. I had recently retired from the medical field. ... more...
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  • Dissecting Ascending Aorta then a large right cerebellum stroke
    I went to the ER October 9th 2016 at around 10:30 with pain in center of chest. They did test and said no heart attack. They kept me overnight for observation and to do a stress test the next day. I went for the stress test late morning and it came back normal. Then within minutes my chest was hurting so bad, my back and my head. It was excruiating pain. On a scale ... more...
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  • Myxoma, what is that?
    I was driving to work one morning, got this stabbing chest pain just underneath my left breast on the inside.  It was so bad I pulled over.  I got to a friends house nearby and we went to E.R.  Nothing, absolutely nothing.  Next thing you know it's happening daily, out of nowhere, crazy pain. I go to a "renound" director of cardiology.  He did a stress test, ... more...
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  • Stroke then dystonia
    i had a stroke in 2013. I lost total usage of my entire right side, other than speech. I was in intensive care for a week, then moved to a rehabilitation hospital for 5 weeks, then sent home. I continued outpatient treatment for months (lost track of how many). For about a year I managed pretty well, though never regained any sense of feeling on my right side. ... more...
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  • miraculous survivor of heart attack
     i was pulling the engine out of  a car when a pain that had beennagging me for weeks didnt go away this time. i had my father in law drive me to nearest hospital since we were in a rural area not well covered by ems. when i arrived to the medical center the EM nurse was at the admitting desk took one look at me and rushed me to trauma. 30 minutes and two stints later i ... more...
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  • First A Stroke, Then A Heart Attack. What's Next?
    February 21, 2008, at 49 years old, I suffered a TIA. My experience was very scary to say the least. I totally lost my vision, balance and was unable to speak. It began at work and worsened as the evening progressed. July 25, 2016, at 57 years old, I suffered a Widow Maker with 100% blockage of the LAD. Now I take more pills than I had ever thought I would. Here's ... more...
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  • Need support on AFIB
    I am 48 (Male) and have been suffering with AFIB on and off for 5 years. I need to talk to someone who has gone through 2 ablations?    In my recollection, it started with blood pressure going up  maybe 8 years ago.    Family Dr started me off with low dose of lisinopril. A year later my bp was high again so the dose was increased.  A year later I am told my bp is up ... more...
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  • Scared, Sad And Yet Strangely Optimistic
    Hello Everyone. My name is Ron, I am 38 years old and I am a heart attack survivor. I have read several posts and books of individuals having their heart attack 50 years and older; however, here I am in my late 30's. I am married with a 5-year-old son. They are the world to me, and I am scared out of my mind at the thought that I may not be there one day for them. My goal ... more...
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  • I am strong and I made it through this
    My name is Kelsi. I am a stroke survivor. I am the young age of 25, and am happy that I was able to get to that quarter century in October after having a stroke in August of this year. I am an ICU nurse so I know the signs/symptoms of a stroke like it is second nature. Here is my story... It was a usual morning spent with my two children, playing dress up in my daughters ... more...
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  • FIGHTING BACK
    MY NAME IS AL PATIS,57 YEARS OLD and healthy prior to sufffering a ischemic stroke on   November 18, 2015  resulting from an undetected heart  attack, paralyzing my entire left side and being unable to walk or write my name on a sheet of paper with my left hand. As a former  Boxing Coach for Parkinson patients in a non-contact boxing program. This was my ... more...
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  • "Single Parent Plus"
    My wife had a severe ischemic stroke 2 1/2 years ago at age 43, and although she has made much improvement (her initial NIH stroke scale score was 19, so she could well have died), significant challenges remain and the whole family continues to struggle with the aftermath. She has little use of her non-dominant arm, no use of the hand, and needs a leg brace ... more...
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  • The roller coaster ride
    I had valve replacement surgery done in July 2016.  I was on the breathing machine for 6 days and during that time I got pneomia also.  When I was allowed to be fully awake I told people stories that now I don't know if they were true or not.  The stories I told seemed so real at the time.  When I finally made it home I started getting depressed so the doctor ... more...
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  • Heart attack at 43
    Hello everyone on 10/30/16 I suffered a heart attack it was the widow-maker type I got 3 stents I was lucky that God gave me another chance to live. I do have some trouble going to sleep since I feel like I'm going to run out of breath and I have become a little cranky and ack like a kid at times. I am a Christian and have strong believes but somehow I feel nervous as ... more...
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  • Probable Cause Of My Coronary Disease
    My story begins in the mid 1990s. Prior to then, my blood pressure was normal. I’d been told by a doctor after a treadmill stress test my heart “could be put in a horse and he could pull a plow.” During the mid ‘90s I had an electronics business which required exposure to solvents…specifically toluene and xylene. It was then my blood pressure began going up. ... more...
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  • cogenital heart dieases
    Hi have a little eleven month nephew who is suffering form cogenital heart defect, he is always crying, his development is very poor,, what worries me most his that he is eleven and has not started sitting, has anyone experience this is there anything to do to enable him crying and also grow nomally   more...
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  • Waiting to feel lucky to be alive
    My story in a nut-shell-- I'm a 42 year old mother of 11-year-old twins and going through a painful divorce. I've wanted to come through this difficult time healtheir and stronger, but my body keeps working against me.  For several months I'd been feeling very tired, weak, and generally un-well. I like to exercise but rarely could make it through a small ... more...
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  • help my daughter
    dear dr, i m father of a little loving girl child when she was ,was born normally we were blessed after found alovely daughter but god had some other plan when she was just 6 months aged she gotta brain fever we  rushed to hospital where she was hospitalised and diagnosed with A.B.M AND was unconcious till 2 weeks and later she was said to be having T.B.M. and ... more...
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  • Help Me Help My Daughter....
    Hi  Everyone, %u200B My name is Liliana and i have a beautiful daughter named Amanda who is 26.   4 Years ago My daughter suffered a Brain Aneurysm on her left side of her brian the size of a banana above her ear from top to bottom.  From being a normal 21 year old working, driving having a boyfriend all was normal... Untill one day while she got on the parkway ... more...
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  • My Wild Adventure _chf
    it all started Jan 2015 I was struggling to exercise and weak all the time .I was working 50 hours a week 10 hour days in a busy kitchen.thought maybe needed just to rest by may it became worse. I finally went to docs thought might be asthma sent home with inhaler oh was horrible made my heart race after 3rd time I stopped she. eventually said copd sent me to ... more...
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  • I Always Knew Dad and I Were Very Much Alike
    My dad and I were always close.  The day he had his first heart attack at age 45 I was devistated.  But he had an amazing cardiologist who kept him alive for the next 25 years, three heart attacks, and numerous defibrilators.  The day my dad died was the worst day of my life and it took a long time to get over missing him.  He had always been so strong and pulled ... more...
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  • My Mother had a Ischemic stroke and i need help
    Hello. My name is Shveta and i am from India. My mother who is 65 yrs old and a diabetic had a Ischemic stroke two months back. We admitted her to the hosiptal within one hour of stroke and doctors gave her thrombolysis . She is now at home and is recovering. She has this speech problem and speaks with a slur. Also she cannot walk on her and we have a 24*7 attendant ... more...
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  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    How do you begin to share your story?  It is a roller coaster ride that I was forced onto nearly six year's ago. At this point in time I am a research patient at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. There is no name for my condition. I fall under paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia with ectopic beats. The doctors have never seen all of this ... more...
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  • saved grandmas life twice
    My own story I will write later. But, my own grandmother, God rest her soul I loved her so much,on two different occassions she had a heart problem. Once she had been behaving in a slow fashion. I was aware of that. I followed her to the kitchen as she said she was going to fix cereal. When she got to the counter she started to pass out and she fell backward luckily ... more...
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  • Worried and scared
    Since our marriage 4 short years ago, my husband has had 2 heart attacks both of which could have been "it" . the first was in Nov 0f 2012 just one month after we married. the doctors told us then that if he had another one and "made it" to the hospital he would probably have open heart surgery. well in Sept of this year it happened again. He woke me up at 2:30 a to ... more...
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  • Suspected Cardiomyopathy
    Fainted experience this year July 25th after 20 mins hiking.  After checking heart MRI, heart echo test, not able to find what is the rootcause.  Suspected due to Cardiomyopathy.  Reason unknown.  more...
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  • The Day It Happened
    I had a Cerebellar Stroke on July 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm on my bedroom floor. I was 43 and the stroke was on both sides of my cerebellum. Since that day it has been a roller coaster that started with the tallest, most scary drop and loop you can imagine. I've been begging for months to get off and it never stops just slows down. When the stroke happened, I just ... more...
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  • My story
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  • Stroke Survivor and Caregiver for father with CHF/COPD and also stroke survivor
    At the age of 43 my life was turned upside down.  In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated our city in Ms. 2 weeks after while cleaning up debris I started having problems with my speech and left sided weakness with drop foot. I got this incredible headache. The next morning my speech was worse and my brother came over and took me to the ER. They did a CT and found ... more...
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  • Amazing Husband
    When my husband's stroke hit him january 9, 2016, we were both shocked,  he was a very healthy, active 60 year old, we had a ton of plans for our lives and travelling was a big part of it.  We had just been married 10 years in August 2015.  The first week, I thought he would either die or spend his life confined in bed or at a rehab.  My husband looked at me as they ... more...
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  • 19 Year Old Stroke Survivor
    On May 2, 2016, I received a phone call from my 19 year old daughter, who was happily away at college, who said she had a headache.  Since she had just gotten over a cold I told her she probably had a sinus infection and she should get into the dr.  I called her back about 1/2 hour later to make sure she got to the dr and she said she had been throwing up, I told her ... more...
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  • My Story. From Heart Attack Survivor To Marathoner.
    Greetings! On April 21, 2012, I had a heart attack, I was 51 years old at the time. Despite some family history of heart disease, being sedate and out of shape, pushing 250 pounds and a long-term (but at the time a "light") smoker, of course i never expected to have a heart attack.  I was lucky. I had no prior symptoms, I simply woke up that Saturday morning and a ... more...
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  • "An Interesting ASD"
    I was born in 1951 with an ASD Atrial Septal Defect, a hole in my heart but it was not found until I was about six and then it took nearly four years for the doctors to decide what to do about it. The doctor told my parents that it was "an interesting ASD with an unusually large hole." and that they were amazed that I had not had any more problems than I did. I was just ... more...
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  • YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE PAD!
    I often envision a wood match being lit when I think of my life story and how I got where I am today. The hard part is figuring out at which point the match was struck. Was it when I was born into a family with a heavy history of coronary artery disease? Was it when I started smoking at 19? Or, was it a combination of not living a healthy life in any form or fashion put ... more...
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  • Moyamoya
    Good morning, Praise God it's one week since my brain surgery, It was a success. Thanks to those who.pist on my post.  Surgery was to be three  hours it took five. Now we sit and wait. Headaches are still here. Depression, anxiety and anger are all I am dealing with now. more...
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  • New Heart, New Life - A Transplant Story
    Hi.  I was diagnosed w/a rare form of breast cancer in 2003 called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).  It is very aggressive and usually misdiagnosed.  I was fortunate to catch it early but still knew I needed an aggressive treatment approach to make it.  The posted survival rate at that time was only 20% and I had an 8-yr old son to stick around for.  I chose ... more...
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  • I'm Still Here Against All Odds
    I'm Larry, a 65 yr old who is extremely lucky to even be writing this. I just got home yesterday.  Last Wed the 26th of Oct 2016, I suffered what the Cardio Doctors have been telling me is called a Widow Maker.  But that's only part of the story. In retrospect I had been getting worse for a couple of years.  I kept complaining to my doctor. I'm tired all the time. ... more...
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  • Coronary Artery Disease Can Happen To Anyone
    I considered myself a healthy 57 year old male, I never had a indication of any heart problems. I was on 40mg of Lipitor, but my numbers were good, and I thought everything was OK, was I ever wrong. On December 26, 2015 I started on my daily walk and my chest started to hurt. I returned home, sat down, drank some water, and the pain went away, Two days later I set ... more...
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  • Mechanical Aortic Valve Surgery
    My name is Nathan, I was diagnosed with endocarditis ( bacteria infection of the heart). I had to have emergency open heart surgery 05/07/2013. I was in the hospital for 6 days.Recovery was long and slow, IV therapy at home for 10 weeks with a visiting nurse 3 days a week.I still have weird feeling in chest and I had to get use to ticking sound of my mechanical ... more...
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  • A story about love...
    Greetings, It is with great pleasure that I join this Support Network as a caregiver for someone who cared so selflessly for not only her children, grandchildren and many others, my beautiful mother in law. I want to not only share OUR story here but learn how I can continue to be of service to those that life places in my path. In  September of 2015  she had a ... more...
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  • Nothing impossible
    On August 30th, 2013 around 1:00 pm after finishing his heavy lunch, Mr. Ali  Somilie lay down on his bed for a nap. All of sudden, he felt sudden headaches and heaviness on the left side of his body and face. Immediately, he rushed to the nearby hospital and out of his surprised he was diagnosed with middle cerebral artery ischemic stroke (one of the blood ... more...
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  • Fight To Walk Again
    This is the life stroke survivor experience of Mr. Suleiman Algarroba, and his pleasure to share his life after stroke, he insisted me to write his story.  He is a stroke survivor for 3 months now, he is from Alqassim, Saudi Arabia, he is 66 years old man married with 5 daughters, Mr. Suleiman said that he will never forget the day that he suddenly develop ... more...
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  • My 10 years stroke survivor journey
    Every day is learning to me.  My name is Dr. Abduallah Muqbel and I am working as Professor at Umm AL Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.  I had a stroke for 10 years now. I collapsed during conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  CT Scan revealed RT Middle cerebral artery stroke and I had to undergo decompression craniotomy which resulted in Left sided ... more...
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  • My Left Thalamic Stroke W/severe Central Pain Syndrome
    Life for me has had many ups and downs.  Mainly downs...  My dad had heart issues in his late 30's and died from a heart attack when I was 11 years old.  I was heading in the same direction with an unhealthy lifestyle.  I married at age 19.  We had 3 children.  My oldest son is 20 yrs old now. He had behavior issues when he was younger.  He was in a Boystown ... more...
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  • 12 yr stroke survivor afraid of forgetting how to read again!?
    My friend is an 83yr old stroke survivor. She re-learned how to read and now reads on a high level. She is afraid that if she does not practice Oral reading for an hour or two daily, she will quickly forget how to read again! She is fluent in speech and very intelligent. She can read silently much more easily and fluently. she repeats and struggles reading ... more...
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  • Frusttrated after strokes
    I had a stroke on March 19, 2011 I was only 44, they said it was a vien in my neck that caused it. I lost use of my hole right side. I spent a month and a half in the hospital rehabilitating.  I gained back back about 60 percent of what I lost. I was in and out of the hospital for the next to years. then in February of 2013 I had a TIA and ended up in the hospital again, this ... more...
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  • Adjusting to Life After the Heart Attack
    I'm an active 59 year old professional who eats healthy and runs regularly, so my heart attack on 10-3-16 was a complete shock.  Good news was that I was in Seattle visiting my sister, so her efforts to get me to the ER ASAP saved my life.  Extremely grateful for this, as I was able to survive the incident without any permanent heart damage.  It was also a wake ... more...
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  • Moyamoya
    Good morning, it's 3:51 am. I am in so much pain in my left arm. I am three days out before my surgery,  my stomach is upset, my head hurts. Is this normal?  more...
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  • 34 Year Old Male Had A Stroke In September
    Hey everyone, i'm 34 years old very active and athletic and I suffered a stroke on September 3rd.  I was setting up for a wedding cause im a wedding dj  and as I was done setting up i got really dizzy to the point where I couldn't see.  I had to take 10 minutes to catch my breath.  Finally i was good enough to drive back to my apartment.  About 15 minutes later  had a ... more...
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  • New Member
    Hello to all surviors and or caregivers.   My name is Cassandra.  I have been looking for a Support group and decided to try this one as I do have some good days and some bad days.   My journey started in November 2015.  I was sitting at my work desk working and my fingers was so swollen that I could not bend them and was painful.  I immediately called my PCP and ... more...
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  • Worried/Scared
    Hi. I'm 51 and have been waiting 16 years for either my anyersym or my valve to fail. The aortic valve has finally hit severe, .80. I have an appointment in 3 days to see a surgeon. Haven't met with one since my anyersym was firs detected. That guy just said he wasn't going to fix it and left. No explaination. Now I know it was because it wasn't big enough. Other ... more...
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  • Moyamoya
    Good morning, I am 51yr old. I have had two strokes since June after many test I was told I have Moyamoya and I will be having brain surgery on the 24 th. I am looking for someone who can relate to this illness. I have days I am crying, depressed, angry.  Also I have arm pain in the arm I cannot use. thank you in advance for your support  more...
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  • I'm so depressed
    I've tried to write my story twice before and lost it both times.  Must not have been telling It right those times.   I thought I was healthy, as I could be I guess.  But then I had my heart attack on Sept. 18.  I went to urgent care for painful GERD, and Dr. there said I should go to ER because he couldn't do the right tests.  So I did, and lo and behold I was having a ... more...
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  • Aortic aneurysm / aortic dissection
    Hello my name is Matthew McCormick, I suffered an Aortic Aneurysm / Dissconnect on Sunday August 14, 2016.  I never knew that I had any type of heart condition until that day.  I am 41 years old and this came as a complete surprise to me and my family.  I live with my fiance and we have our children every other week.  I have two girls and she has two girls and one ... more...
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  • My loved one
    Hi everyone: My name is Nadiuska Rodriguez. My ex-husband suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke on Monday, September 19th, 2016. His name is Nelson Baez Munoz and he is only 40 years old. Even though we are not together anymore, we always cared for each other, he is just a wonderful human being. His brain Hemorrhage was caused by a very bad hypertension ... more...
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  • Nothing much is wrong, but it's slowly killing me nevertheless....
    I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2009 and received dose-dense (every two weeks) chemo for 4 months, followed by surgery and then 6 weeks of daily radiation.  The rads were on the right--not the left, where the heart is.  But the chemo contained quite a bit of known cardiotoxic drugs.  Immediately after my treatments were done, I was ... more...
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  • Determination And Willpower
               I experienced a lot in life as a young man and I must admit that I’ve seen better days. With a little effort, I managed to pull through the clutter of misfortunes. However, on March 28, 2009, life took me on a far greater journey. I was helping one of my church members move that morning. I was told to always expect the unexpected, but I had no idea that life ... more...
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  • New beginning
    Hello everyone...I am a Mother of a heart transplant survivor..My son became ill in June of this year..After several hospitals and many Doctors it was determined he needed a transplant..At the age of 43 our lives changed.The illness was so sudden and unexpected..On September 1st..he received the greatest blessing God could give...he got his ... more...
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  • Heart
    I have  had 6 minor heart attacks. I have never had open heart surgery however, I do have 8 stints and have had 29 angio-plasties. I also have an ICD (pacemaker/dibulator combination). I suffer from unstable angina and have coronary artery disease. I have a very loving wife who has stood by me through thick and thin. The doctors declared me disabled in ... more...
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  • Two Widow Makers , same time
    Hello, I had quit smoking nearly 4 yrs ago, had been going to the gym 3-4 times a week for 2 yrs, been going to Weight Watchers 2 yrs   ( down 45lbs ), was very active, physically around the house, and retired for almost 5 yrs, 62 yrs old this December. I thought I was doing everything correctly to insure good health. I was rarely ever sick. I did return to work as a ... more...
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  • :)
    hey guys i pray everyone one day will be healthy and have no worries love you all and gods not dead! more...
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  • Scared and feeling very alone.
    I'm not sure where to begin. I had my first heart attack a week after my 40th birthday. It was a mild one that required only one stent. During the next few years I experienced on and off chest pain. My cardiologist was very proactive about getting me checked with physical stress tests, chemical stress tests and angiograms. On June 6, 2009 one of the ... more...
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  • One Heart Among Many. My Call to Go Red
    When people ask me about my heart surgeries I usually just say one word. Five. As in five heart surgeries. The first one was at eight weeks old and the last was one year ago at 27. In between those there were three more surgeries and a stroke.   Emotionally speaking going through things like this is a mixed bag. It obviously sits in the back of your mind. And the ... more...
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  • Young parents of a TAPVR survivor.
    When you are expecting your first child it should be the happiest moment in your life. For babies with a congenital heart defect, like my son, the birth is not so exciting and happy. Things are taken from you as a parent that you feel are rights, like holding your newborn baby. It is not a right. It is a special gift that I feel can be taken for granted. Not ... more...
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  • No place to call home after CHF diagnosis and treatment
    Hello AHA and all,            Hope all is good. I was diagnosed in 2014 with CHF and since being released from Jersey City Med Center, I have been and sill exist in a vicious cycle of homelessness where before the diagnosis, I was stable with an apartment and job. I just started receiving SSDI and also work as a licensed contractor at The United Nations in New ... more...
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  • My Heart Attack
    I have always been a hard working working 6 to 7 day's per-week for many years. I have always been very healthy. A few weeks ago my wife and I were cleaning house together. I was moving our lve seat with no effort being exerted at all. My chest became very tight, both my arms felt like they weighed 100 pounds each and I began having  provlems breathing. I went to ... more...
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  • TIA almost missed
    This may help others recognize the subtle signs! Sept. 1, a few weeks ago, I checked in to the ER and ended up staying overnight. More tests were done the next morning to find my very small TIA. I almost didn’t seek out any care, and  it took a lot of looking to find my TIA.  I am thankful for my good condition and must learn more.   I almost missed it myself, and ... more...
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  • My Introduction to Heart Failure
    Hello My Name is Lamont Montague and im new to the site. I was just recently diagnosed with heart failure on September 17 2016 and i didnt know much about it meant to have this condition but the more i talk with the doctor's i've understood more&more. So i would like to hear other people stories on how there dealing with the condition and talk and compair ... more...
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  • My Journey Begins ...
    My journey actually began back in early 2000, when for just 73 short days, I used the diet pills known as phen-phen.  Pretty much as soon as I started taking them is when the massive recalls began because of the potential for heart damage.  Well, I only took them for 73 days, my doctor said all should be fine, no worries.  Then I started receiving the letters ... more...
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  • How It All Started...
    Tuesday September, 22nd, I had one of the worst days in the office I could remember in a long time. For the rest of the day, I kept getting what I could only describe as a “nervous” feeling in my throat,/top of my stomach, followed by tightness in my chest and harder (not faster) than usual heartbeat. This lasted the rest of the day and into the night. When I ... more...
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  • Facing Aortic Valve Replacement
    At age 11, I had Rheumatic Fever and was left with valvular heart disease.  It has now been recommended that I have the aortic valve replaced.  I 68 years old, and while not looking forward to this major surgery, I'm also wanting a better quality of life.  I would appreciate hearing from others who have been at the place where I am now and good offer some ... more...
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  • One Day on My way to Hip Replacement Surgery
    Wow, I thought I was in fair health except I needed my left hip replaced (years of heavy dead lifts). I was having my doctors practice giving the okay to have the surgery. Step one ECG, oops there is something their but don't worry we will do an echo test oops there is something their don't worry we will have the cardio doctor check you out. Doctor reads the ... more...
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  • Cardiac Arrest
    Had no earlier indication of a problem.  During a snow storm was clearing the driveway with a snowblower.  Snow was the wet variety, and the machine was not blowing the snow out, was just oozing out and spilling out.  Driveway is on a slight incline. Headed down towards the street,kind of pushing it until the bottom and turned around ,noticed wheels were ... more...
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  • Maddison's Story
    Hello Everyone! I am Rakita Ames, mother of a daughter born with a congenital heart defect. At just 20 weeks of pregnancy my daughter was diagnosed with a very rare heart defect, for this being my first child I was devestated. My husband and I were miss diagnosed at first, the doctor told us that our baby would have a slim chance of survival and that we needed ... more...
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  • My Loved one
    Hi everyone: My name is Nadiuska Rodriguez. My ex-husband suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke on Monday, September 19th, 2016. His name is Nelson Baez Munoz and he is only 40 years old. Even though we are not together anymore, we always cared for each other, he is just a wonderful human being. His Hemorrhage was caused by a very bad hypertension that ... more...
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  • MyStory
    I was working in a high volume, stressful office. I noticed that I was having trouble breathing, but I brushed off to stress - especially since I had a slight history of anxiety attacks. For 3 weeks, my shortness of breath became increasingly more frequent, I literally couldn't walk from my car to the office without getting out of breath. I left work that ... more...
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  • Living with dilated cardiomyopathy
    A year ago in August, I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. The doctor that saw me 2 weeks in a row thought I had vertigo. But by week 3, I wasn't any better and finally talked my doctor into having me see a cardiologist. It was then that I was diagnosed. My EF was at 32. In May, it was at 38, which is an improvement and I am grateful for that. In the last 6 to 8 ... more...
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  • We Need Support Groups
    Hello I shared my story about my heart problems I have had for the last 17 years and for the last 5 years I have a Pacemaker and that is what has changed my life I hate what it has done to my life and the limits I feel I have put on myself and they are surely from having a Pacemaker. I belong to a few groups such as AA, SA and a few more and I love to share in a group setting ... more...
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  • Heart Attack Survivor
    On September 28, 2015, I woke up feeling wonderful getting ready for work.  I picked up a coworker and drove 2 hours away.  45 minutes after being at work since 7 am, I felt a little fluttering in my chest.  I just thought it was maybe because I did drink maybe half of an energy drink.  I asked a coworker if my heart was beating fast and she said no.  I asked if she ... more...
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  • 'Stroke
    In April of this year my doctor discovered that I had had a stroke, unbeknowst to me. The effects that persist today make me think that I was in fact really lucky. I have a burning sensation in my arms from time to time. A left side facial spasm occures occasionally but that's about it. The most disturbing part is that I'm in  constant fear of having a more ... more...
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  • Really
    My name is Molly. I had a stroke 7/25. Anyone that knows me was shocked. I was a very healthy athletic person. I am now unable to work, I teach 3 year olds.I have issues with my left side.Not healing very quick very frustrating. How do I acquire patience to get thru this. more...
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  • Strokes suck!
    Hi.  I'm Laurrie.  In 2013 I had both an ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke on August 1st.  Here that is why my doc gave me pills to take for HB a year earlier.....I didn't  know HB can cause a stroke!  Heck, I didn't really know what a stroke is.  It left me effected on my right side. I am the step mother of three, mother of one and grandmother of nine.  Very active ... more...
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  • My Dad has changed forever. Help.
    Before 2011, my dad was very athletic and a very healthy eater. He was also very stubborn and hard headed as well. The doctor would warn him that he needed to be on blood thinners because of his A-fib and family's history. My father felt since he was healthy, he could just take aspirin daily and be ok. On February 12, 2011, my father fell into a deep sleep and ... more...
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  • My big surprise!
    For several months I had been noticing that I got tired more quickly. Then in January 2016 I got out of bed and immediatel felt like someone hit me in the chest with a sledge hammer. We were in Florida for the winter so my husband drove me to the hospital about 12 miles. Since I had had a stress test and an echo 7 months earlier and had been given a clean bill, they ... more...
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  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    When I was 45 years old on May the 6th 2008 I was driving home from work on evening. I came in to my home had dinner a  shower, well I went to bed and at 3;00 oclock in the morning I had full cardiac arrest. My wife started cpr on me until the EMT arrived, the EMT tried to shock on heart, no luck I was flat lined so they tried again and then barely they got my heart going. I ... more...
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  • Great Recovery Despite Prognosis
    I had sudden onset of monster angina while on vacation in a small town in Central America. I had just started a short walk, headed up a steep one block street. Half way up, as I took another step, my chest filled with pain and grew more and more painful in just a few more steps. I was forced to freeze in the middle of the street, like playing a kids game. That was the ... more...
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  • poor prognosis
    Last year lossed my someone loved. the cause of death is poor prognosis after a IHD and blockage operation.exact reason was not known but we lossed a person who had operated in last oct for blokadge and die after 2 month's due to copious cough and exertion.whther the data revealed a operated heart pt. can survive appro more than 5-10 years after operation ... more...
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  • have a loved one that passed away from heart problems
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  • A Blog is not the answer we need more
    A blog is a stranger talking to a complete stranger and I understand people are looking for help but reading words from people across the U.S. I feel is not the answer. I posted this letter to every place I felt I could and I will continue to do so until we can get something started: To who is may concern, My name is Andy Dumas and I just woke up and had a crazy dream. ... more...
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  • Full Cardiac Arrest
    I am a 57 year old male whom has enjoyed cycling with my wife Charlette for the pat 6 years.   We have road in 2 100 mile rides and many 60 & 70 mile rides as well.  She was helping me get into shape for a 52 mile ride on 9-23-16.  I had been healing up from a torn shoulder and 2 severed tendons so this would have been my longest ride in 4 months.  On 8-31-16 we left for a 40 ... more...
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  • Heart Aches x2
    I'm not sure where this going to post but I certainly hope I can get some feedback. Also, hoping I can locate comments. I recently had open-heart surgery. Left main artery had at 95-97% blockage where a stent had been inserted only a year ago. A year ago, I had been on blood thinners from my 1st open heart surgery (mitral valve stenosis). I didn't feel well; ... more...
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  • Donna Marie's journey
    First, I am a very fit woman. I eat clean, healthy, whole foods. For many years, I worked out almost daily. I took high intensity spinning classes three times per week, high intensity heavy weight training two times per week, Pilates three times/week and yoga once/week and I walked every day for 30-45 minutes.  I was the epitome of fitness. I began to have ... more...
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  • How do I go on?
    I'm so happy I found this site.  This will allow me to express all the thoughts in my head and hopefully get some much needed answers.  Having a heart attack is life changing to say the least.  I am so blessed to still be here with the people I love.  I hear so many stories of people suffering heart attacks and dying instantly and yet here I am.  There is history ... more...
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  • My Heart Journey
          My First Heart Attack was November of 1994 after responding to a house with reorted with children trapped. Smoke Inhalstion was the cause.  A lot of this points back to Rutherford County. First If I had intervention in 1996 I may have never had my second heart attack. It was not approved by Workers comp. A month later I had my second heart attack while at a ... more...
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  • misdiagnosed
    on may 16 2016 it was a normal day at work i received a phone call from my north shop and was needed there so i drove to the north shop about half way there i started to get very dizzy this was a 70 mile drive by the time i got there i was so sick  i could not stop throwing up they took me to the ER at the hospital i could not walk i was falling down i had all the sign of a heart ... more...
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  • Stroke survivor
    I suffered a stroke in March 2014 while driving back to my former home in Phenix City, Alabama. It was a very frightening and life-changing experience. And since then I still have complications from it. Then last year in July I had to address the other half of my problem, the half that basically created the first half. I had to have a defibrillation ... more...
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  • What's really happening??
    I am very reticent to even say how I have been doing, for all I've gotten from others, including the medical community is 'quit your whining. After all, you ought to be grateful you are doing as well as you are". therefore, I walk around, afraid to even open up and tell anyone how I'm doing, even when they ask. I've learned that most don't even want to know, and ... more...
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  • My stroke
    on February 8 of this year I was having a scheduled back surgury half way throu the surgery I had an ischemic stroke in my righ occipital lobe then two Tias and my life has totally changed as in for the worst. I was paralyzed on the left side of my body. if there is a web site that deals with the emotional asspects I wish someone could point me to it. I cry most of the ... more...
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  • 2016 AHA Lifestyle Change Award - Central Ohio
    After surviving a 4 cm blockage in my "widow maker"& averting a major heart attack, I realized my unhealthy lifestyle had caught up with me. I began seeing a cardiologist who started me on a drug regimen – but as the efficacy of the drugs began to diminish, trusting my instincts, I sought additional help. After a battery of tests, I was told that I was the ... more...
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  • My fight against heart disease
    My fight with heart disease began early one evening in January, 2000. I was sitting around watching tv when my left hand began hurting. I had just attended a class bout women's heart disease symptoms. I felt uneasy, so I chewed an aspriin, waited 5 minutes with no relief, chewed another aspirin, and called 911. When the paramedics arrived, they were ... more...
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  • I will never forget my experience.
    I was on my way to work, starting to drive down the street, when I start to see doubles, and seeing 2 of everything. I immediately pulled over and called my job and told them I will not be in today "I don't know whats wrong with me but something is not right". I turned the corner and headed back home, parked my truck, got out of my truck and stumble across the street ... more...
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  • Stroke Affects the Whole Family
    My dad is 80 and had a stroke on July 6, 2016.  He has liver and kidney issues which limits the meds he can take.  He has had a rough time with delirium and lack of sleep. I moved him from WA to WI and his care is so much better but finding the right med to bring back his friendly personality has been daunting. My mother has dementia (she does not think so)  and will be ... more...
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  • Perseverance Pays
         When I was young I had high blood pressure, low blood iron, and got way more nose bleeds than any other kid. No one ever knew why. A doctor doing a routine check up thought he heard a heart murmur when I was about 13. We rechecked in a month and the doc still heard the murmur so he suggested an echo cardiogram on me. The results were the following congenital ... more...
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  • Cheryl's Great Adventure
    This story all started  the beginning of this year when I had vowed to be more healthy due to the medical conditions I'm living with which are high cholestrol, Hypertension,Obesity, Sleep Apnea, and Osteoarthritis in both knees. I asked my mom, Beatrice Honeycutt-Myers if she can go with me to the walking club from Milwaukee Recreation program. Of ... more...
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  • HEART ATTACK
    Friday, August 26, 2016, a week ago today, my life changed drastically.  Throughout the week prior, I did not feel well.  I was waking up in the morning with a headache and felt bloated; even noticing my ankles and feet looked swollen.  Although, not thinking anything different, I continued working throughout out the week.  By Thursday and Friday, I ... more...
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  • Surviving and living with Heart Disease
     I am a 52yr old women, my story really began in 1979 when my Mother began her battle with Heart Disease with 2 open heart sugeries and multiple heart attacks her frail 104 pound frame lost the battle in June 18, 1988 at the young age of 48. Much to my surprise in May 2006 being 41 had my1st heart attack which was treated with a stint, June 2007 had some chest pain ... more...
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  • Heart attack and Heart failure at 52
    Good morning.  I am new to this.  My husband had a wdow maker heart attack August of 2016.  He is not doing well with it in my opinion. When he had his heart attack, he had 3 of the main arteries to the heart occluded at 100 percent.  The doctors did not think he would even make it through the night.  He did and after a week of being sedated or what they called it an ... more...
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  • Why Me?
    Everyday of my life has been different for me since the day i was born up to today. In the first four years of my childhood I had a total of four heart surgeries...FOUR! and to make matters worst three years ago I was diagnosed with Cardiac Arrythmia!. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am 19 years old, healthy body and great mind. Since i was little i ... more...
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  • losing weight
    i want to lose weight but cant more...
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  • Too young for heart problems
    I am only 43 and this year my doctor started me on high blood pressure and high cholesterol medication.  I'm too young for this.  I am dedicated to making changes in my health NOW to reverse this and get off of the medications. more...
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  • Running a 5k and then suddenly my heart stopped!
    Through some encouragement and a little prodding from a neighbor, I decided to set a goal of running a marathon before I turned 50.   The euphoria of crossing the finish line is something only those who have gone before can express.  I won’t even attempt to justify the feeling in words other than the fact I have been privileged to have the feeling 5 marathon ... more...
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  • Happy Halloween! Or So I Thought...
    Halloween,  My favorite holiday.  I always leave work early.  I hurry home to make sure I have enough candy, check that the pumpkins are decorated just so...all in time for me to sit back and watch the kids come by.  I just love seeing the little ones in their cute costumes... The evening of October 31, 1999, I did leave work early.  If I recall, I started ... more...
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  • HELP
    Good evening, So I had a heart attack in May of 2016.  100% Blockage of the RCD and 100% Blockage of the Cirrcumflex Branch.  The RCD has since been opened. 2 stents placed.  The other blockage is still there after 3 attempts. It is in a very difficult location and calcified.  My job is one that requires a great deal of service to adults, students and ... more...
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  • First TIA
    It has been almost 2 weeks since this first TIA.  No damage shown from brain MRI.  I am recovering with tons of tiredness.  I am 68,   was not prepared for such devastating tiredness.  I need mostly quiet time with some visiting on the phone, small amount of in person visits and some TV time.  Everything wears me out until I feel just sick.  Don't want to ... more...
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  • Obesity
    I know my risk is high due to genetics and obesity. I want to be healthier and help others to be as well! more...
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  • Surprise You've Had a Heart Attack
    So where to start. First I am a baker and own my own business so I am used to lifting big things like mixers, sheet trays, flour, sugar well you get the picture. It was Fri Dec 4 and I was at the bakery baking and started feeling "weird" yes that catch all phrase alot of women use when describing their initial symptoms. I commented to a co worker I thought maybe I ... more...
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  • Heart attack out of the blue.
    I'm a 64 year old gym rat, with a cholesterol level never over 150, BP 140/80, not overly concerned, but always eating low in fat, maybe a bit on the salted part, and last August 11th I had to go to the emergency room and get a sten on my LAD,( Doc said 99% blockage on the widow maker). What gives?. My only symptom was an excruciating pain right under my sternon, ... more...
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  • Grandfather passed
    I lost my grandpa from a stroke 5 years ago. more...
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  • 95 & 95 % Survival
    I had 95percent blockages of Rad and Lad was not feeling great but was out doing hard yard work. I finally went in and checked my blood pressure and vitals as I'm a Paramedic and RN. I went to my Cardiologist who did an arteriogram found the big dangerous blocked arteries and stented me with good results. I have really taken my heart disease serious as I have ... more...
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  • One of Kind heart ailment or is it?
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  • My unexpected stroke
    I was traveling to a nearby base to go to the commissary, we are retired military so we go about once a month.  Well when we got there I had uncontrollable muscle spasms in my foot and lower leg and didn't think anything of it was just different.  Well got my shopping done and me and the kids and grandkids were going to sit down to eat and the right side of my body ... more...
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  • My new lease on life
    I started having slight chest pains in October 2015, i was walking every other day about 3 1/2 miles, i just thought the weather was changing and i just needed to adjust my breathing.  As time progressed, these slight chest pains turned into very painful chest pains lasting about 10 minutes and espicially when i laid down at night.  I mentioned this to my ... more...
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  • Half blind
    On August 16, 2016, I was leading a bird trip for about 15 birders.  At 10 am, all of a sudden, I couldn't see anything in the left hemisphere of my sight pattern. The lady to my left took my pulse and the lady to the right gave me 2 aspirins. They took me to the Hospital In Pagosa Springs and gave me an IV of blood clot disolver and my sight returned instantly. ... more...
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  • My story I guess
    I had my firt stroke on May 31, 2006 when I was 39 years old.  The second the day after and the third the day after that.  The doctors could find no reason for the strokes other then to say it was and I quote "a fluke".  I was paralyzed on my left side, blind in my right eye, couldn't walk, talk or feed myself. My husband was abusive and refused to take me to therapy, ... more...
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  • Missed my vacation.
    We were getting ready to leave for a week long camping vacation. We were to meet up with the daughter and grandkids for a long-planned exploring Oregon vacation. I was brushing out the dog when I started feeling chest pain. My husband had gone to get the truck to hook up to our little trailer. I had presence of mind to chew an aspirin. When he came back in I told ... more...
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  • My Story
    One night I had just sat at the computer and started experiencing pain like I had never had before. It lasted about a half-hour and went away. A month later I was having an extremely bad night and I experienced chest pain and could feel my heart racing. Next day I went to the doctor and she sent me for a stress test and confirmed I had weakness in my heart and had ... more...
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  • To support and help ppl out!
    I joined here today because I want to help and I used to have the same issue and this time I'm not gonna let it happen so I'm gonna join to be safe plz contact me @5127856784 more...
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  • heart
    Since i was little my heart was having problems . we did survey and everything they couldn't really find the problem more...
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  • Behaviour after a Stroke
    My partner had a stroke in January this year which has affected his orthoptic love. This has left him partially sighted. To look at him you wouldn't think there was anything wrong, he is very lucky . His behaviour is awful at times and its reduced me to tears on numerous occasions. He makes comments that he would never had uttered before and flies off the ... more...
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  • My mother is my best friend
    my mother is so important to me. I'm her baby who is 41 years old and her only girl. She has medical issues that one day I to worry about. I'd like to know more so that I can help her make better decisions on medications, and nutrition. more...
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  • My Reason for Joining.
    I really just wanted to learn more about strokes and other things and maybe how to take better care of someone im looking after. more...
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  • Hello
    Heys guys im ready to learn about our hearts and i feel like this can inform me on a lot things in this world   Thanks so much- Katie James more...
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  • Could leakage of spinal fluid cause further brain damage?
    I had a stroke some time in the last six months, actually 4 micro strokes and 1 small stroke in the cerebellum.  They dont know when precisely.   My TIA , which was missed, was 4 December 2015, I am pretty sure. The MRI discovering the strokes/scars was only done on 2 June 2016. I had a very painfull lumbral punction/spinal tap on 3 June, with leaking of the ... more...
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  • Looking for suggestions and advice
    I am the daughter of two parents with chronic health issues including heart valve disease (O.H. surgery 3 years ago to replace 2 valves and repair a 3rd), high blood pressure, diabetes, and most recently a heart attack followed by O.H surgery CABG - 5 arteries and a valve repair.  While in CTICU, there was a left sided stroke and while in neurological ... more...
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  • How to avoid strokes
    could someone tell me how to reduce the risk of having a stroke or maybe some way to just avoid it altogether? more...
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  • Post Open Heart Surgery
    Six weeks ago i Received maze, repaired mitral and another valve, bypass X 2.  What are common post surgery symptoms?  more...
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  • New to high blood pressure medicine
    My blood pressure had always been below normal or normal, even when I was pregnant with my son.  About a year ago my divorce become final and I've had issues with keeping my blood pressure in control.   I cut salt out of my diet (and my son's) and have lost nearly 75 pounds so far.  And until last week, I refused my doctor's suggestions to go on medicine to lower ... more...
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  • Conjunctive Heart Failure - How Is It Treated?
    My husband has just been diagnosed with conjunctive heart failure, or specificially "heart failure with preserved ejection fraction" (HFpEF).  Never having heard of "conjunctive" heart failure, I was surprised to find out that it is different from "congestive" heart failure.  But it is hard to find out what it is and how to treat it.   I found one ... more...
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  • IT WAS NOT MY TIME!
    I had a Heart Attack back in 11/23/03, when I arrive to work. I didnt know what was going on,  all I know its that I used to smoke and that particular morning I happen to have a little tension headache and I decided to drink an aleve,  maybe this was what save me. In a matter of maybe 20 minutes after arriving to work it hit me, I had pressure on my chest, didnt feel ... more...
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  • MY HEAD
    Ive been dealing with headaches sinces i was 12 more...
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  • What Can I Do To Prevent A Heart Attack
    My parents both had high blood pressure and now I have it and its getting worst because I stress alot....What can I do more...
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  • My Story
    Hi, my name is Dylan. I am 24yrs old and I had a stroke this year. March 17, 2016, is the day that changed my life forever. That morning I was getting ready for work. I woke with my head hurting so much I almost was not able to do anything and I was sick to my stomach. While I was putting on my mackeup I could not feel the right side of my safe. I knew something was wrong. ... more...
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  • Scared all the time
    I had my fourth ablation in March of this year. Dr. says all is going well according to my ICD interrogation scan. I've tried to explain that my memory is poor and I am extremely forgetful. I feel unwell at least 95% of the time and it takes me 5 1/2 hours to get dressed/ eat breakfast/ do light housework and take my dog out for a short walk. I know I am depressed but ... more...
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  • Health
    I joined because I have high blood pressure and have suffered from mini strokes in the past. Heart disease doesn't run in my family, it gallops.  more...
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  • Mothers Mini strokes
    I am concerned about my mother's condition and possible mini strokes from her 20 years of living alone. more...
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  • Pastor Tara Ramsey Success Story
    My name is Tara Ramsey, I was dignoise with HF September of 2014. I have been looking all over for a support group. After watching Dr. Oz yesterday and was directed to his website for information I discovered this awesome resource after reading and watching the Queen Latifah and her mothers story. When I was release from the hospital the nurse told me that I ... more...
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  • Lov n Hate
    love must be given away and hate thrown away more...
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  • Who Me?????
    When first diagnosed with cardiac problems, many people ask,  “Who Me? No…”  My version of the question  “Who me?”  was  “Why Me?”  – until the day my Mom asked,  “Why NOT you?”   I hadn’t thought of it that way. I went into the hospital because of a bout with  “asthmatic bronchitis” that I just could not shake. I never imagined it might be a heart problem ... more...
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  • Every day is a gift.
    On June 27, 2006, my life was forever changed. I suffered a bilateral Vertebral Dissection; a Stroke. The clot split and moved through the right and left hemisphere of my brain and lodged in the brain stem. The clot caused damaged to the areas of the brain that control body functions such as movement, blood pressure, eye movements, swallowing and speech. ... more...
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  • Life as we know it
           Chapter 1 Wake up Tara!! Wake up!! What I mumbled what I said lying in a bed that resembles one I had in my past as a little girl. And the voice that was waking me up was familiar but sounded younger. She was yelling come on auntie I want to borrow your shot outfit the purple one with the Tasmanian devil on the front I remember that outfit my dad bought it ... more...
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  • Plugged Caratid Artery
    I had a plugged Caratid artery and had 5 mini strokes before I had surgery to correct it.. the artery was stretched so much that the surgeon had to remove 3 1/2 inches of the artery.. all went well after 3 1/2 hours of surgery and a 3 inch scar more...
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  • One of kind heart disease that is total medical mystery
    No cure very unique symptoms  three separate fields of heart related issues. First when standing for even a short period of time my heart rate skyrockets anywhere from 119 beats per minute to 160 beats per minute. Second thing all in same parameters my blood pressure readings crash causing me to have near syncope incidents I have been hospitalized 6 ... more...
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    This site is nice and i lvoe it more...
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  • Diastolic HF
    EF: 60per cent Oximeter reading: high 90s BP :  excellent pulse: good ( 60s and 70s) blood work: contraindicative of CHF per cardiologist cath shows no evidence of CAD one time diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been withdrawn a fib corrected and yet highly symptomatic: apnea, fatigue, dizziness, some angina, very low exercise tolerance ... more...
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  • Had angina for 4 days
    My husband is usually a very healthy person. Walks everyday, plays badminton 3 times a weeks and cautious eater. It is a shock for us and all of friends, hearing that he had heart attack. From May 29th he started complaining of hand pain, first couple of days it was bearable. But after that he thought it's not a normal muscle pain or anything related ... more...
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  • My anniversary!
    I'm 41 years old, have no history of serious health issues - that is until August 6, 7, and 8 of 2015.  Those were the days I was admitted to the hospital and informed I was having a heart attack. One year later, and a whirlwind of emotions and confusion, I've decided to finally share my story, something I've kept from even my nearest and dearest. One year ago, I ... more...
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  • How Faith Changed my Heart
    I lost 3 siblings in three years to cancer. But even before that I was under so much stress I started to break down. I was suffering from anxiety which developed into panic disorder and agoraphobia. My doctors thought it was my body's defense mechanism of fight or flight. I loved to ride my motorcycle but found myself unable to go more than 5 miles from my home ... more...
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  • Heart attack survivor
    I am 42 and i survived a STEMI  on June 29 of 2016 .  My cholestrol was within normal limits, my blood pressure was borderline high, and im healthy and stay active, exercised daily.    Now I am in my cardiac rehab and the therapists say everything is looking great .  Im wanting to progress much faster but they are holding me back so that i dont push too hard, ... more...
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  • My Journey
    July 27, 2016, my husband suffered a heart attack. This was completely unexpected, as he is only 49 yrs old. The irony to the heart attack, is that 6 years ago, on July 27, 2010, he suffered a catastrauphic accident in which he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Our lives changed drastically after that, leaving me to be his primary caregiver, and leaving ... more...
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  • Your Giving Me A Heart Attack
    Hi, I'm a 41 year old mom who in February of this year had an unexpected right coronary artery dissection that caused my heart attack.. 100% blockage. I woke up in the middle of the night with crushing chest pain and my left jaw hurt. Never in a million years did I think it was a heart attack. That day I gave up caffeine for lent. Was it no caffeine, did I have ... more...
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  • Second valve surgery
    Hi,  I would like to hear from anyone that has had a second valve replacement surgery and if it differed from your first surgery in termcs of recovery, complications etc. I had my aortic valve replaced in 2005 with an edwards bovine valve. There are no issues yet but I know these valves don't last forever. Thank you.   more...
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  • My Everyday Struggle.
    My name is Yvette Samuels. Recovering from heart attack, multipule strokes and dieing from Congestive heart failure is a struggle everyday.  I open my mouth and I dont recongize the sound of the persone speaking,  So I stop talking, I want people to hear the person inside my head but I can not get her out.    MY body gave out on me but  deceided not to give up ... more...
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  • CAD/Bypass surgery
    Hi, I have a family history of heart disease. My father had his first heart attack at 48. I am a 56 year old female and have tried my best to escape this gene all my life. I was diagnosed with toxemia (high BP when pregnant) in my 20's and began talking BP meds in my 30's. I have fought a loosing battle with diet and exercise to keep my BP and Cholesterol under ... more...
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  • sister taking care of 45 year old stroke victim
    My brother had a stroke and his wife abondoned him and  i have taken over his care. I need help finding legal council and also getting social security disability for my brother. Need help   more...
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  • Heart attack @ 46 and scared
    Hi, I'm a 46 years old male that was completely healthy until one my chest start hurting and my life seem it has change forever. I am afraid because I don't know what to expect. I now have one stent on an artery near my heart and sleuth of meds that must take everyday for the next year. I'm having a hard time coping and anxiety is creeping in. PLease is there anyone ... more...
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  • Heart Failure=Life Failure?
    In April three days before my 39th birthday I was diagnosed with heart failure.  This came as a big shock to me and change my life completely.  My first thought was how could I let this happen?  Why didnt I watch my eating and activity level?  Its easy to blame myself.  The doctors were really unable to determine the actual cause.  For the first six weeks I ... more...
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  • Hello everyone!
    Thankful for a community like this one with so many wonderful people!  more...
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  • a fib
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  • MR Sean Graye
    I was a fairly healthy 51 yr old in a busy job, then on February  29th I had a heart attack and a cardiac arrest in my bosses office, I'd stopped breathing and  was given CPR by a colleague. The paramedics arrived then I was shocked 5 times then taken to hospital. %u200BAfter lots of tests I was diagnosed with blocked arteries but performed well on the ... more...
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  • The Day Christ Cleared the Lights for Me.
    In many cities modern traffic lights have what is called preemption equipment installed. Fire Engines, Police Cars, Ambulances etc. have transmitters on them that trip this equipment. The point is to turn all the lights green for the first responders so they can get where they need to be as quickly and as safely as possible. They “ Clear the lights.” The ... more...
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  • spouse newly diagnosed with congestive heart failure
    My husband just got diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  We are stlll waiting on the stress test and the nuclear scan to tell us how bad i guess.  We feel so lost and worried.  He has an apointment with the cardiologist next week.  more...
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  • Child with CHD
    My child was diagnosed VERY recently, with CHD!  We are in utter shock, and we trying to figure everything out regarding what we are suppose to be doing with a child, that has this.  We have many questions and concerns obviously, as well as finding other parents that are and have been going through a similar situation.  more...
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  • Never Thought It Would Happen
    Surprise surprise. The day after Christmas last year, we were in Big Sur, CA, to check out the Point Sur Lighthouse, which is on top of a 360-foot cliff, and you have to walk up. The weather was great, the view was fantastic, and the guide was very knowledable and lots of fun. What can go wrong, right? HA! About three-quarters of the way up, within sight of the ... more...
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  • FIGHT FOR LIFE
    My  name is Yvette A. Samuels. I am a 50 year old female.  In March of 20105, I was suffered a Heart Attack that would not go away. On the third attempt quiet down this attack, I suffered a stroke on the table. This is how it all started. In March of 2015, I came home from work and was relaxing on my computer. Rosie O'Donnell's stand up was muted on my t. v. I unmuted ... more...
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  • Controlled AFIB: No longer detected with holter heart monitor
    Age 88 male: I had ablation on both sides.  My Biological age is 50 based on 400 yard, 2 min measure and age 70 based on my hand grip stength. AFIB came back with time which it often does after an ablation. I learned to monitor my arrhythmia using an android software [play store] Arrhythmia Monitor I developed [free] for the public. I monitor my heart rhythm ... more...
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  • One survivor's creative determination to live alone
    Anna             Glistening, near-naked bodies, impossibly perfect, strut along Ocean Drive, sneaking sidelong glances at those seated at very hip sidewalk cafes. At eight in the evening, still hours before the club scene swings into action, the beautiful people pick through stone crabs, piling shells into pyramids. Looking across this pile of ... more...
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  • Cardiomyopathy & A-fib, a 1,2 gut punch
    I currently am 48 years old, nine years ago I had bronchitus followed by I cough I could not shake.  Went to my PCP and played referral roullette; ear, nose and throat?  Nope my tonsils and adnemoids were intact and uninflamed. Pulmonologist? Chest CT and biopsy, nothing conclusive.  Out of desperation I went to see my Dad's doc, with n 10 minutes, a ... more...
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  • Survival and life goes on
    About a week and a half ago I had a heart attack and a was throwing blood clots into my lungs. It woke me out of a sound sleep. I was having trouble breathing, I also have nasal allergies which keep me breathing difficult anyway. So in my sleepy mind I just felt it was ok, I then started throwing up, diarreha, sweating, clammy skin, shaking you name it. So I ... more...
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  • 1 year denial after hbp diagnosis
    I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2012 at 28. I refused to accept it until a year later with the encourag3ment from my mom, i got to see a cardio. I am still trying to overcome and understand d ailment wen i just heard my dear 30year old freind was down with stroke. I was shocked cos forbme that is really young.   A support group like this is so on point ... more...
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  • Heart Failure Survivors: Help!
    Hi Warriors,   Perhaps you can give me some encouragement, words of advice from your experience. My name is Jeanne, I'm 78 years old, retired and had always enjoyed excellent health, my independence and an active outdoor lifestyle.  I've been battling congestive heart failure since 2013 when cardiologist found mitral valve damage, which I ... more...
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  • Afraid
    In 2010 i had to have 2 stents put in the back of my heart because it was closed 90% and than in 2013 i had a stroke and i don`t remember alot about it , my daughter had to tell me and to this day i still don`t remember it all which is so frustrating.....My biggest fear is that i will have another stroke and no one will be around....i know i have to get over the fear but ... more...
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  • life after a stroke
    Tring to get back to normal after a stroke . lost movement total left side of body. regained movement in leg able to walk but left arm not working ,face very numm hard to eat  more...
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  • Grandson has congenital heart disease
    My grandson was born Monday . Everything seemed fine but a few hours later his feet were blue. They did an echo and were concerned. He was sent to children's hospital in buffalo and they found that he had coar. of the aorta and his left ventricle was underdeveloped. My daughter-in-law and the baby are in NYC awaiting multiple surgeries. Any one ever ... more...
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  • Farting along life's path with my cyborg heart.
    In 2006 I had a left mitral valve replacement and pacer. Currently on my 3rd pacer, but now I have a bi-ventricular pacer w/ICD. %u200BI just turned 50, and hope to see 50 more--c'mon docs, help me get there. ;-)   more...
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  • running after a stroke
    My stroke was initially accompanied by incontinence, extreme weakness, and slurring of speech. Since it occured on the first day at sea on a trans-Atlantic cruise the only medical help was the ship's doctor. But he would not prescribe anything except to give a confirming diagnosis that I had, indeed, had some kind of stroke. Since he couldn't order an ... more...
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  • My Mother
    Hello everyone. My name is Dawn Oliver. I was doing some reading in a Medical book and came across this Web site. I am trying to learn as much as possible about congestive Heart Failure... My Mother is currently in the begining of this Journey. I feel like She has been living with this for some time and has only recently come to have a Name for it. She is my ... more...
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  • My story
    I am currently living in the united states, and I have suffered from severe heart failure, I had to be taken into surgery twice. I also have a friend and my brother are have suffered from stroke and heart failure, I am lucky enough not to have had a stroke, but knock on wood, huh? I am here to learn more about how to prevent, and help treat some things, I have been ... more...
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  • The Importance of Visiting Your Doctor
    Hypertension is something that runs on my mother's side of the family.  My maternal grandfather lived with it for years, and neglected to seek treatment, as he had a fear of physicians. I can understand the fear, however illogical it may seem; your life can change in a couple of minutes, learning that you are living with a silent killer.  Once you know, you ... more...
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  • Mixed blessings
    In October, 2010, I was diagnosed with myopericarditis and had no idea the journey that diagnosis would take me on.  I was 48 at the tme and a mother to 3 children, one wo was a senior that year.  Every year, the myopreicrditis would return and I would be on STD for 12 weeks and by the grace of God able to regaim enough heart functin to return to my job a a junior ... more...
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  • My story
    Hi everyone.  My name is Matt and I am a 37 year old living in NW suburban Chicago.  Four years ago (April 18, 2012), while taking a shower before work i experienced very dangerous PVC's that lead to V-Fib.  Thankfully, my wife was home, heard me collapse in the shower and quickly called 911.  Since we live close to the firehouse, paramedics were at my house ... more...
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  • Life In The Pain Lane
    Before reading Katie's "welcome" e-mail, I posted this in what might have been the wrong part of the forum: As a young man I was both physically and mentally active. Unfortunately, I was also highly self-indulgent; lots of booze and "partying" but fortunately very little drug usage. Except that I smoked cigarettes like a chimney (for 30 years). Then, at ... more...
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  • Paid Health Survey for Patients & Caregivers - $125
    If you are a patient diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease of care for some one with this condition, you are invited to take this short survey for a paid interview. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TreatmentDiaries_PAD more...
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  • My story
    I had a heart attack with a double bypas in 2000 at the age of 42. I tecovered quickly and pretty much went about my life. Two year ago ! was asked to go on  business trip to Europe for my employer. For some reason I had a really bad feeling about going. I am not crazy about flying but have done so several times. When i got to Europe i noticed one of my feet felt numb. ... more...
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  • My Story
    I suffered with heart disease, Cardiomyopathy, for 15 years. As a last resort I was placed on the Heart Transplant List at Stanford Hospital. In January 2005 my condition became critical. I was given 7 maybe 10 days to live! Fortunately, after 2 days a matching heart was found.At the age of 73 1/2 I became the oldest person in Stanford Hospital history to ... more...
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  • Heart attack survivor
    I have always suffered with heart palpatations my entire life but each time i went in to get it checked the doctors told me that they  were not serious and my heart was good and strong. On June 17th 2016 I had an allergic reaction to something unknown and at the emergency room i was perscribed epinephrine in my thigh and a nurse at the hospital administered the ... more...
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  • Heart health
    Had a massive heart attact on Dec. 12th, 2014. Life support for 3 days, open heart surgery & 4 way by pass. BPN was 149.5, kidney function was low, gained back 38 pounds because of back & hip pain & can't do my walks because of the pain. Take MS 15mg's & norco 10 mg, but does'nt stop the pain. Waiting for a appt., to see a Neuro surgen. more...
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  • Heart Failure
    I was diagnosed with Heart Failure on Oct 7. 2014. I am 54 years old. more...
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  • Newly diagnosed with heart failure
    Hi, I had a valve replaced April 15th. Since then, it appears I have developed heart failure. I am taking Lasix, 60 mg in the AM and 60 mg at noon. I am concerned about this diagnosis. It sounds very scary! Thanks, Linda more...
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  • Sister's Stroke
    I received a phone call one evening telling me that my sister had a stroke and was found lying on the floor for four days. She was taken to a nearby hospital and I drove up a few days later as we are 1100 miles apart. She has since sold her house and is in assisted living as she has limited mobility. more...
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  • Heart attack and Type 1 diabetes
    Hello Everyone, My name is Sandi and I am 52 years old.  I have had Type 1 diabetes for 34 years and two months ago I suffered a heart attack.  I had an angioplasty done with five stents placed in my arteries.  I have been recovering well but I do experience some discomfort in the upper middle part of my chest occasionally.  I had the Cardiolite stress test done ... more...
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  • Why?
    Both of my parents took care of themselves, exercised and ate right but both died of heart conditions.  They did smoke when they were younger but both quit. I have never smoked.  I am afraid the same will happen to me.  How did the doctors not know that their arteries were blocked?  Both were under the care of cardiologists.  I try to eat right and exercise ... more...
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  • I JUST JOIN
    GOOD DAY PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THE CAPS I AM NOT YELLING I JUST CANT SEE A THING I HAVE SOME DISAPPOINTING NEWS I HAVE NOT SERVIVE NOT YET BUT I AM GETTING THERE  I PRESENTLY HAVE UNCONTROLEABLE BLOOD PRESSOR  ON ALL THESE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEDICATIONS NONE SEEM TO WORK HAVE ECO, CARDO DR THE WORKS DONT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN I AM ALSO A LUPUS PATIENT  I HOPE I AM ... more...
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  • Reachout: Lets Fight Disease Together
    Hello everyone my name is Vanesa Craig. For a period of time I had a family member who has heart disease and undergo bypass operation and only then I saw how hard and painful it is to see your sister suffering from such illness. And I wanted to offer my help and support but because I didn't have that much information about heart problems so I made a research on th ... more...
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  • simple way to deal with and even stop heart attacks or other heart problems
    I found a life saving book in desperation as I was going through a heart attack last week.  It is called "left for dead" by dick quinn.  The simple herb cayenne saved my life.  It stopped the heart attack and I have more enery now than I have had in a long while.  How can something so simple and inexpensive be so amazing.  I took one teaspoon in a glass of water and ... more...
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  • Just found out I need major surgery.
    Hi, I'm 64 and was just informed yesterday that I need my aortic valve replaced.  I have a pacemaker since 2003 for bradycardia symptoms. At that time I was informed that I had a congenital valve defect, a bicuspid aortic valve and that it would need to be fixed someday. I get tested annually and I was told the time has come  and being referred to a surgeon. ... more...
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  • When,Where, What, How
    I'm a 62 yr old Postal worker who planned on retiring early next yr. I can't say I was in great shape but I did go dancing every other week.  I'm not sure how to explain my stroke since many things make no sense.  My brain stem was clogged and they told me I had injuries to the rear of my brain as if I had fallen.  The Drs even asked me 3 times if I had taken blows to my ... more...
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  • Who Knew?
    I was vacationing in eastern Montana with my husband and in-laws when I had a heart attack. I did not know it was a heart attack. I thought I was having severe asthma. After a couple of hours the pain went down and I tried to continue activity on my vacation. I mowed a lawn, repaired fence, went to a dance recital, attended church, played with my 6 year old niece. ... more...
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  • In the Blink of an eye
    My husband had a brain bleed stroke in August 2015.  In was a rather large brain bleed and affected the left side of the body. He had to wear a helmet for 3 months to let the brain heal, they removed the right half of the skull.  Jeff has been making huge progress for what he has been through, still making progress even though it is slow.  We didn't have health ... more...
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  • Dazed and Confused
    I suffered my first, and unexpected heart attack a week ago on Saturday.  I had spent the day outside doing yard work, felt great, came in, took a shower and layed down while my wife began cooking dinner.  I started experiencing chest pains and I walked into the kitchen and told my wife that I was experiencing some serious chest pain. She asked if she needed ... more...
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  • A Good Scare is worth more than Good Advice
      I was 59 years old and in very good shape.  I had never smoked, had a BP of 95 over 60, a resting pulse of 48, and had been through a stress test six months earlier with no issues. I came home from playing tennis and took a shower while my wife was making dinner. I looked down and found two aspirin in my hand (I never take aspirin).  I realized what I was doing and ... more...
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  • Struck By (En)lightening: How Having A Stroke Changed My Life
    On August 14, 2008, at age 32, my life changed forever: I had an aneurysm that caused a burst blood vessel resulting in a hemorrhagic stroke.  It blew while I was a passenger in a car, and my husband was driving (thankfully). I heard, what I call, a "whooshing bang", slumped to one side, my eyes crossed, and I vomited. I was a nurse manager of a mental health ... more...
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  • Being Dumb
    I had a heart attack that required a by pass 4/1/15 for 3 months I was good watch sugar . High blood Pressure, Cholestrol and gave up smoking. I   went  back to my old habits after 3 months.  On 5/1/16 I had a minor stroke for 10 days I ignored the Tingling on left side of my face my left arm not working right trouble with left leg and a killer head ache.I went to the ... more...
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  • Preemie with congenital heart defects
    When I was 27 weeks pregnant, my OB/GYN had me admitted to the hospital due preeclampsia. While having an ultrasound done, the technician became very quiet and wouldn't tell me what was going on. After another ultrasound, this one done by a fetal cardiologist, my husband and I were told that our baby had a severe heart defect, Interrupted Aortic Arch ... more...
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  • BrainRain Before The StrokeLight
    Hello and thank you for allowing me to share my story. It was Saturday afternoon and I was home alone trying to rest. It had been a very challenging week at work. I had fallen asleep in the recliner. The clap of thunder startled me from my restless nap. I stumbled to my feet and leaned against the wall for support. I was in pain. Again.  I walked into the living ... more...
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  • Our story- Calvin and Hobbes
    My husband Andy’s favorite cartoon strip is Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. The story line revolves around the adventures of a little boy named Calvin and his beloved stuffed toy tiger Hobbes. The two are inseparable and share many, many adventures and philosophize on life all the while finding great humor, magic and wonder in all that the great ... more...
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  • Hello Everyone
    I am 49 years old born in the United Kingdom. I work for a great US based company with a head office in London, for the past 5 years I have worked abroad with my company on various projects as a Project Manager and am currently situated in Doha, Qatar. At the end of April 2016 I was on one of my rotational leaves visiting my family in the UK for the usual 2 weeks. On my ... more...
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  • Living with an aortic aneurysm
    First off I am 59 years old and just found out I have a congenital heart defect (bicuspid valve) which has caused an aortic aneurysm to develop over my lifespan. Thankfully my Dr. didn't like the sound of my loud heart murmur and referred me for tests. So now I'm taking beta blockers to slow me down.The past several years I have been extremely fatigued which I ... more...
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  • bacterial endocarditis
    In March 2012 I got real sick went to the doctor they put me on antibiotics for pneumonia. When meds were gone I was still sick so was put on different antibiotics. As long as I was on antibiotics I felt great. This effected every aspect of my life 102 temperature 1 minute chills the next my blood sugars were out of control. In June we got a free trip to Alaska to ... more...
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  • Pneumonia => CHF
    Hi,  Four years ago I was in my last year teaching Middle School Science before retiring. That winter I got bronchitis the went into my lungs and became pneumonia. I was given antibiotics and got better.  Over time I got more and more tired. I slept before I left for work, after I got there, at break, at lunch, after school was over,  before I went home and so ... more...
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  • Just Another Sunday
    It was just another Sunday. June 5, 2016, went something like this: I drove my daughter to her church youth group service. I picked up my daughter from her church youth group service and went home. I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes. A friend of my daughter's came over around 4:00 and they decided to see a movie that evening. I was going to drop them off ... more...
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  • CAN TREMORS GO AWAY
    I AM A 57 Y/O MAN THAT HAD A BLOOD VESSEL BURST ON MY RIGHT BRAIN CAUSING LEFT SIDE TREMORS. MY NEUROLOGIST JUST QUIT ONE DAY AND THE HOSPITAL HAS MOVED ME FROM ONE PHYSICIAN, TO ANOTHER, TO ANOTHER. I HAVE ALSO SEEM A MOVEMENT SPECIALIST AND SHE GAVE ME A PILL FOR PARKINSON DISEASE THAT IS DOING NOTHING. DOES ANYBODY KNOW HOW TO CURE, REDUCE, STOP TREMORS? IS ... more...
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  • Surprise Of My Life
    I had a stroke the morning of April 27, 2016. The week before, I experienced frequent blurred vision. The day before, I forgot to attend my youngest child's last Parent Night for preschool. The day of, I went to a grocery store that was not near my home.  While led talking to a relative in the grocery store parking lot, I became light-headed. I figured that I ... more...
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  • You've got to be KIDDING Me!!
    Playing tennis last week with a friend (happens to be a doctor), I asked him whether he was suffering from seasonal allergies like me, as I couldn't seem to catch my breath. As I held my hand to my chest, he said that he usually did, but wasn't at the moment. The next day, I was nauseous and assumed that my sinus infection had drained into my chest and stomach. ... more...
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  • my way of seeing things...about my life
    yes, I've had a couple silent heart attacks, yes i had a known heart attack and a quadruple bypass, yes 3 months later i had another heart attack that almost killed me and had a stent put in. It's all left me with other problems, shortness of breath, coronary artery spasms and i even got venous insufficiency in my legs. Well... I'm now 61 years old, an age some ... more...
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  • What the hell was that?
    While walking around in Brooklyn I went blind. Just like that I had to stop walking. I removed my glasses and vigorously rubbed my eyes. "What the hell is going on?" was the immediate thought going through my head. It was as though a film had glazed over my eyes and I thought I would eventually rub it off. I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed.......eventually I ... more...
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  • Followup to Help Note to a Dr.......
    As I mentioned I have been confused with my Dr., and symptoms and all.  After yesterday and showing up for a scheduled appointment and to not be on their books and no one not knowing anything about me which is weird it had only been 5 days since I was in the office.  I want to share a letter I wrote to the Dr. Office for I am not sure what else to do / say.  Hoping I am ... more...
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  • Blessed To Be Alive.
    I am the oldest of four children, and the last of the four to have heart by-pass surgery.  I guess you might say, heart disease runs in our family.  Our father died at age 65 of a heart attack.  Two months after my father passed away in 1976, my then husband has a triple by-pass.  It was new and not widely done in our area at that time.  That's when I stopped ... more...
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  • Life Happens, then we move on:)
        My name is Dottie and I wanted to share my story with everyone.  It is not just my story, but it begins with my boyfriend Joey's story first.  I met Joey on July 1, 2013.  Joey is a musician and plays keyboards and guitar in a band.  Joey had just lost his wife from a long term, rare illenss and as a consequense of her illness, he also lost his home, his dogs, and ... more...
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  • Chemo Damaged My Heart
    I'm happy to find this site because it's where people like us can go and tell about our experience, and someone is listening and can understands and maybe able to help. In 2004 I was diagnose with stage one breast cancer and I had chemo every three weeks for six months and after I completed my chemo I had 38 weeks of radiation. I had to have a Muga Test to see ... more...
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  • Confused and looking for real answers and guidance!
    At 35 I was diagnosed with A/I which stopped me from doing my dream job I wanted and studied so hard for.  I could of swore Bethesda MD Medical Center was wrong.  For the military never picked it up in physicals, nor did the sheriff department?  However, I guess back then they knew something I did not. 2 years ago I started having weird pain in my chest and ... more...
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  • life is full of drama..
    Life is full of Drama…….When I was pregnant my mom suddenly have MI. On that time I was alone with her I start panicking but just because I am a pharmacist so stop panicking call my dr. sis she advice me some med and told my papa to bring those med after having them my mom don’t get any relief. In the mean time every family member came to my house and I insist them all ... more...
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  • I HAD SO MANY DOWNS, AND UPS; AND ONLY 60 YEARS YOUNG!
    My heart attack was in August, 2007 ... two days before I was to drive my youngest to her first year of College.  I live in Illinois; the drive was to be to Baltimore, Maryland.  In a way, it was a blessing that, if it had to happen, that my heart attack did not happen while we were on the road.  However, my fears run deep because in 2000, I was diagnosed with an ... more...
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  • WHAT???? I'M HAVING A WHAT??? HEART ATTACK???
    %u200BApril 27, 2016 started out to be a good day.  My brother in law & his wife were visiting from NY (I live in Florida). We went to the beach, shopping and then came home to make a nice dinner we were going to eat on the back patio.  As I was in the kitchen cooking with my sister in law I began to feel as if my throat was burnt.  I honestly thought that somehow the ... more...
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  • A Stroke And A Heart Attack And I Still Think I'm Lucky
    Heart disease runs in my family. Both my father and father’s father died from heart attacks at the age of 52. My father died when I was 18. I am 61 now. While we were mourning his passing, our family doctor warned my mother to watch for signs that my brother and I may have inherited my family’s genes for heart disease as we entered our middle years. Around the age ... more...
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  • My Fight
    My daughter Avery Marz, suffered an acute ischemic stroke on 8/23/2014 while moving into her college dorm at the age of 17.  Luckily I was there and knew what was happening.  She fell on the floor and was paralyzed on her left side, unable to speak clearly.  I had the roommate sit with her while I ran to the security desk for them to call 911.  Ambulance ... more...
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  • Virginia Hearts In Action helps counteract heartache
    As an emergency room nurse I was used to swiftly tending to people's ailments.  But it was my own health problem that I couldn't get properly diagnosed in a timely fashion. I felt fatigued, had shortness of breath and fluttering of the heart, but when I went to get checked, I was always told that I was in good health.  When the symptoms persisted I insisted on ... more...
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  • My Family and Heart Disease
    TIME FOR THE CHANGE I Watched My Family one buy one suffer the last five years of their lives they never lasted the ten years I always hear about how you will spend them sick. now dealing with My mother in her early 50's struggling to quit smoking and some other habits with diet and exerciser. She has had Two Stints put in her heart all in a few months reccently ... more...
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  • Leslie's Story
    My name is Leslie Houston, I am a stroke survivor. At the time my stroke happened I was on a 9 hour drive. I was going from Garden City, KS to Springfield, MO on my way to see John, a friend of mine. A week earlier we were going to move me to live with him. Halfway around El Dorado, KS, I got a really bad headache. I was about a mile away from El Dorado and have been on ... more...
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  • i am a stroke survier
     i had a large blood clot on the right side of my brain so my left side is affected. the ohly thing that hasn't come back is the left side of my face and my hand and fingers. will they ever return? and my shoulder freez's and is very pain full when it does freese. why does it do that? they didn't think i wuld live. but i am back to driving and working a few hours a week. ... more...
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  • Living With CHD- A Daily Struggle.
    Hello- I would like to introduce myself, my name is Samantha and I am 28 years old and have been living with CHD since I was 45 minuets old. I was born December 8,1987 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, in Huntington, WV; I was the first born to Fred and Becki Davis, both from Huntington. My mom is a registered nurse at St. Mary's Medical Center and my dad is a ... more...
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  • Eshaan
    Eshaan is my first and only baby boy who born 18 march 2016 and leave me alone in 21 march 2016...he was a very cute boy but i am so much unlucky bcz i couldn't hold him in my arm.he was suffering from CHD SO WE COULD NOT SAVE HIM.Iam waiting for him for 9 month to see his tiny little face,did shoping for him all most every thing but...today i am here to know abt more ... more...
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  • Survived 11-10-15
    I am 35 years old, been healthy my whole life, and suffered an ischemic stroke November 10, 2015. My stroke experience was a traumatic one but I survived without any major complications and no disabilities. I consider myself very lucky and blessed to be alive and well today. I will never forget what happened the night I had my stroke. I was home alone in my ... more...
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  • Chicago Man Embraces Each Day Rising Above Heart Failure
    A successful Chicago restaurateur with a big extended family and longtime close friends, Mark Cecola leads an active life. But he pauses to enjoy simple pleasures – casual dinners, interesting conversation and laughter.                                            Because he also lives with heart failure, Cecola appreciates each moment and is ... more...
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  • Heart Attack
    Hi my name is Cynthia Booth, on March 26 2016 I had a heart attack at age 58... The pain in my upper back (between my shoulder blades) work me up from a sound sleep, I thought I had done something woring that day to make my back hurt, it continued and did not ease up, then I became very clammy/nausea/vomiting...We had been to dinner with friends that night and I ... more...
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  • This Is My Story
    My name is John Thomas and I have been living with Congestive Heartfailure since 2004, in 1996 I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in which I had a cancerous tumor the size of a small grapefruit attached to my right lung, I went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 rounds of radiation and was in my eighth year of remission when I started experiencing shortness of ... more...
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  • Question about alcohol septal ablation procedure
    Aloha, Doctors are considering doing a procedure on my heart called Alcohol Septal Ablation, mainly because of an enlarged muscle in my left ventricle that is causing blood flow problems and too high a pressure gradient in the heart.   It involves cutting off the blood flow from a branch of an artery to cause the muscle to atrophy and reduce pressure.   ... more...
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  • Living with Heart Valves Problems
    I was diagnose with leaking Heart Valves in October of 2012, in Detroit, MI.  In November of 2012 I had two Valves replaced.  I went into cardiac arrest 3 times, I was in the hospital for 2 months.  Got home and was not doing well at all, started having Sycope (fainting) constantly.  Back to the hospital and they place a dual Defibulator/Pacemaker in.  ... more...
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  • MI and cardiogenic shock
    My name is Tammy. I am a 56 yr old mom of two girls and the grandma of the most precious 4 yr old ( i am a bit biased ) girl. On March 20 of this year I awakened with pressure in my chest. I had experienced the same pain at work on the previous Friday evening but it went away so I ignored it. This morning it didn't go away so I awakened my daughter and asked her to take me to ... more...
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  • My Truth: Truncus Arteriosus
    “I’m alive, even though a part of me has died. You take my heart and breathe it back to life. I fall into Your arms open wide, when the hurt and The Healer collide”  -Mercy Me Less than 1 in 10,000 babies are born with the congenital heart defect called  Truncus Arteriosus ; this defect makes up 1% of all congenital heart defects. Truncus Arteriosus does not ... more...
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  • New here and I have some important questions
    I have a close friend who had a massive stroke 11 years ago.  She has some brain damage and limited use of her hands and legs.  She also has signficant speech impediments.  Her parents moved her to Arizona to live close to them. She has been in an senior nursing home for the last decade plus.  I have stayed in close touch with her this whole time. I live in ... more...
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  • My Life Changed 4 Years Ago This Month
    I had a  stroke  in May of 2012. At the time I owned 3 retail stores and worked everyday. I did not work the rest of 2012. I had left side paralysis, memory and problem solving issues. I tried to work in 2013, but the after-effects of the  stroke  were too much for me and by the end of 2013 all 3 stores were closed. In February of 2014 I entered the hospital and was ... more...
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  • Had no idea what was happening?
       Hello my name is Ben Lawrence I live in northeastern British Columbia Canada. I drive truck for a living I have been driving for about 18 years. I haul differnt kinds of cemicals and others produce out to the drilling rigs. I have been doing this job for about 4 years. One of the jobs that we do is field transfers this is where we will move all of the product ... more...
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  • It Almost Kicked Me!
    October 25, 2012. I had been getting worse instead of better and based on a bout a few years before, I thought I had caught pneumonia. All of the symptoms were there except fever... aches and pains, couldn't sleep laying down, couldn't stay awake sitting up, couldn't walk across the room without stopping to catch my breath. Had to stop and rest going to and ... more...
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  • Healed Through Faith
    On June 25, 2013, a blood vessel broke that ran to the other side of my brain,  I had a hemorrhagic stroke.  I was 43 years old.   13% of all types of 775,000 strokes annually are hemmorraghic strokes. Only 7& live long term. On that day, l had just returned from lunch to my  work as a Jail Chaplain  with my  boss Mike Barber, former NFL great turned ... more...
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  • A STROKE SURVIVOR RECORD?
    Hi I suffered a serious hemmorgagic stroke in 1984 at age 28.     Thirty- two years later I realize this makes the majority of my life --living as a physically CHALLENGED individual.  I prefer the term CHALLENGED instead of disabled or handicapped.  My surgeries include a tracheotomy, gastronomy ( feeding tube), a lumbar perriponeal shunt and the ... more...
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  • Question about procedure
    Aloha, Everyone, I'd like to know if any of you have had the procedure that the doctors are thinking of doing on me.   Any information would be appreciated.  I have an enlarged muscle and a prolapsed valve in the left ventricle, and the passage between the muscle and valve is too narrow, causing a high pressure gradient.   Since I have always had low blood ... more...
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  • My 100% Blocked LAD
    Hi I am 63 years old and I am a nurse. Two years ago I had some pressue in my chest and difficulty breathing and I called 911. I had an ECG and was told it was normal, that is was probably my asthma and was sent home. on 4/6/16 after finishing up paperwork for work (I am a RN nurse field case manager, looooooooooong stressful hours LOL) I developed mild chest ... more...
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  • Heart Attack In Small Town While Traveling On Business - Of All The Luck!
    This is going to be a long post.  I'm hoping by relating a lot of detail it may be helpful to some of you. My name is Jim Goodman. I'm 61 and live Raleigh, NC, where we have world-class medical research universities and healthcare.  I've always liked building things, and following a brief stint in banking after college, I began working in construction. I ... more...
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  • Bilateral Stroke Survivor
    My life came to a screeching halt at age 29 with a bilateral stroke on August 31, 2013. Pre-stroke I did everything right. I went to college and majored in Computer Science and Math with a minor in Physics while holding down a part-time job. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Then, I went on to have an awesome career as a Sr. Software Engineer. My stroke affected my ... more...
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  • Did this really happen to me?
    I'm 54.  I've never smoked, never did drugs, moderate alcohol use, so-so exercise mainly from working around the yard, and standing at work.  No one in my family had a stroke.  On Tuesday, January 5th, late, I woke up and was immediately violently ill.  I didn't even have time to get to the bathroom, and when I stood up, I was dizzy.  I had no headaches, no ... more...
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  • My story
    I am currently 46 years old...I am a son, brother, husband, uncle and most important, a Dad!  I was born with a heart murmur and learned to know that it is pretty normal to have been born with a mumur.    Well, mine continued and persisted throughout my HS and college years and after that as well.  While living with my parents, I always had their support and ... more...
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  • Face To Face With My Mortality
    My first cardiac event was when I was 52.  I had HBP and my doctor said to call for a new prescription.  I had been traveling and called the day after I returned. During the call I noticed that I was not feeling well, the nurse advised that I go to the ER.  With in a few moments I decided to call 911 rather than wait for a ride.  Good thing I did.  Although I did not ... more...
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  • A Different Kind Of Mom – Life After Stroke
    Delanie Stephenson had to relearn how to speak, swallow and walk after surviving an ischemic stroke at age 33. She also had to accept that she would have to be a different kind of mom to her two young children.   Stephenson was cleaning out her van after work on June 6, 2012, when she suddenly felt a wave of nausea, followed by profuse sweating. Her left side ... more...
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  • My Heart Murmurs its Thanks
    My heart murmurs its thanks To all who saved me First to God who oversees all And to my wife with whom I share my life Then to my children and family For their loving kindness and concern And of course to the physicians Whose magic opened my arteries ... and my eyes. The heart is the center of life And of emotion. I am overcome by all of it. As I look to regaining my ... more...
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  • I Am A Stroke Survivor!
    I want to share my stories with your reader: The call for independence!   I am author, The Power of I Believe , A book of motivation, encouragement and inspirational thoughts after a stroke, a Christian-themed book written to help stroke survivors and others touched by a disability regain their faith and strength as they recover and move forward with ... more...
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  • Open Heart Surgery At Age 44!
    My name is Matt Moss. I'm a 44 year old songwriter/musician residing in Los Angeles. I've always been healthy, no major health problems ever! In October of 2015, I went to the dentist to get a deep cleaning. Everything went fine, I've never had issues going to the dentist. About a month later, I notice a big golf ball sized lump on my right arm, next to the ... more...
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  • trying to keep going.
    I am a 48 year old male. My problems started at age 38 when I had a heart attack. Had a stent put in place at that time. Two weeks later had the same symptoms but this time required by-pass surgery. While the by-pass was a success the procedure for closing was not. The wires were not tied off tight enough and my rib cage never healed together.   This wasn’t noted ... more...
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  • My Story
    I am a 37 year old wife, mother of two, daughter, sister, aunt, 2nd grade teacher and almost two weeks ago I had a stroke. Quick action taken by my husband and the local doctors I only stayed in the hospital for 48 hours. I had a cerabellum stroke it it mostly effected my fine motor skills of my right hand. I never had the facial part, but it did effect my ... more...
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  • Prinzmetal's Angina
    I have been dealing with spasms for years.  I have had many heart caths. I have several stints, had several heart attacks, and they have also seen some impressive spasms with the cardiologist confirming I have Prinzmetal's Angina.  I am faithful with my medications and have a great cardiologist. I am really struggling with getting my spasms under ... more...
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  • How I Advise People With Ascending Aortic Aneurysms, While I'm Just An AAA Guy.
    Hi folks, My life was changed, dramatically, in 2010, at age 67. I self-diagnosed an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), as a direct result of odd things happening in the Lake Placid Ironman race. I went, from Ironman-distance triathlete, scientist, to aortic cripple - in my mind. Seemingly over night. I found great surgeons, had a Cook Zenith stent ... more...
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  • My Husbands Stroke
    My husband had a hemorrhagic stroke on the right side February 28, 2015. It's true, your life can change in the blink of an eye. At first, it seemed text book, the Neuro surgeon on call didn't seem alarmed. Then suddenly he crashed, the bleed got worse, they whisked him away to icu, put him on a ventilator and I was faced with a decision I wasn't ready to make. ... more...
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  • Everything that led up to my Advanced Heart Failure
    Hello, my name is Antoinette. I am 50 years old. My heart problems began in 2005. when I was 39 years old. I've had Severe Hypertension since I was 27. I went to a regular doctor's appointment. The doctor listened to my heart and heard something that wasn't right. He sent me for an EKG and a ECG. Once he got my results back, he said that he wanted to send me to see a ... more...
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  • A stroke at 49? How could this be?
    On June 14, 2014 I awoke in the middle of the night feeling sick.  Made it to the bathroom and back to bed where I immediately fell asleep.  Then the alarm went off at my normal 4:45 am.  I couldn't remember how to shut if off, so I just unplugged it.  Maybe a shower would clear my thinking so that what I did (even shaved my legs).  I managed to make a cup of coffee, ... more...
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  • Meth what it has done to my life
    I have something's that I feel compelled to speak about. As many of you are well aware on 01/16/2007 I shot silicone up ( my drug dealer sold it to me and I had no reason at all to doubt it was anything but Meth) that was a turning point that I can in the same sentence say I regret and also am blessed it happened. My demise will be an indirect cause from my poor ... more...
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  • I Died...
    I am a 57 year old woman. I am healthy and had no prior heart disease or never even thought about it. Looking back at the day I realized that I did have symptoms. But I had no idea. My symtpoms were so subtle that I would have never associated it with anything, let alone a heart attack. I sweated a little so I drank coconut water, slight pain in my shoulder and down ... more...
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  • Don't Want To Loose The Love Of My Life
    My husband had a stroke in June of 2004, we were not together at that time. We met through match.com in Dec 2006, fell in love at first sight and married on 08/08/08 wanted to give him a date easy to remember. He has 3 kids and I have 2 so together we have 5 wonderful children and as of 12/30/15 we have 7 Gkids, we enjoy being PawPaw and MawMaw. Despite his left arm ... more...
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  • Legacy Of Love Is Helping Children With CHDs
    Legacy of love is helping children with CHDs   After her son died at age 8 from complications from congenital heart defects, Betsy Peterson poured her grief into creating a national nonprofit organization, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for congenital heart defects (CHDs).   Peterson ... more...
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  • She Beat Cancer & Now She’s Fighting Heart Failure- An Inspiration To All
    Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda thought she’d overcome her greatest trial when she survived uterine cancer. Six years later, she learned she had a bigger test ahead when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. A former Marine, Rodriguez-Zepeda thought her constant exhaustion was simply a byproduct of juggling a stressful job, four busy kids and ... more...
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  • A Story Of Setbacks. And A Strong Comeback.
    Christine Rekash thought she was prepared for open-heart surgery to repair a failing mitral valve, but several complications following her procedure made her realize that she had to take one step at a time.  She now works to raise awareness about heart health and offer support to other patients facing heart disease.   Rekash first learned she had a ... more...
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  • From denial to happily ever after. One survivor's tale.
    Bernie Oakes managed heart disease for most of his adult life, and underwent triple bypass surgery in his late 70s. After getting a heart valve replacement at age 83, he was inspired to share his story and offer support to other heart patients as an American Heart Association Heart Valve Patient Ambassador Oakes, of Traverse City, Michigan, got his ... more...
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  • Heart Valve Patient Ambassador Jen Hyde Shares Her Story Of Survival
     A congenital heart defect required Jen Hyde to have two open-heart surgeries, including heart valve replacement by the time she was 25. Now, the Brooklyn poet and artist is using her experiences to channel her art and connect with other survivors.    Hyde, now 30, was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at birth, a congenital heart defect that impairs ... more...
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  • Goodloe: Finding Ways To Offer And Ask For Help
    After getting a mechanical heart valve replacement and a pacemaker, former social worker and teacher Kimberly Goodloe found herself in an unfamiliar position: asking for help. Making peace with the surgeries she required and adjusting to her new “normal” presented significant challenges to the active, independent woman, who was more ... more...
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