S1 E5- Four Strokes and Two Brain Surgeries Later – Lisa Deck’s Story

Lisa Deck is a four time stroke survivor who is currently living with moyamoya disease. She has had two brain surgeries, she is  a fighter and  she uses her experience to educate and empower women about the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.  Learn more about Lisa’s story here

Interviews From the Heart- Lisa Deck’s Story

Interviews From the Heart- Lisa Deck’s Story

Name: Lisa Deck Age: 42 City, State: North Attleboro, MA (outside of Boston)   How old were you when you were diagnosed with heart disease/stroke?  I had my first stroke at age 21 followed by two strokes in the next three years.  It was one week before college graduation when I had my first stroke. I was shocked. At the…

S1E4 -Three heart procedures before the age of 10 -Helga’s Story

S1E4 -Three heart procedures before the age of 10 -Helga’s Story

Helga was born with an aortic heart valve stenosis. After the first femoral catheter they decided to do another femoral catheter intervention where they used a balloon catheter to expand her aortic valve. But the surgery failed and so she had a valve with a serious insufficiency. It became so bad that they decided to implant me a donor valve.…

S1E3 Supra Ventricular Tachycardia – Rebecca Smith-Casey’s Story

In 1993 when Rebecca was a sophomore in high school she was in the middle of field hockey summer sessions when she started having dizzy spells, tunnel vision, blackouts, and fainting. Her parents took her to her family doctor  who ordered a holter monitor, which showed an irregular heart beat and she was diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia, supra ventricular tachycardia…

S1E2 Heart Transplant at 15- Amanda’s Story

S1E2 Heart Transplant at 15- Amanda’s Story

Amanda Dejesus was born with Congenital Heart Disease. She had her first heart surgery at 14 days old, a pacemaker implanted when she was 13 and a heart transplant at 15 years old. She thought her ordeal was over but at age 22 her body started to reject her new heart. Luckily, Amanda survived….. read more 

S1E1-Heart Failure While Pregnant-Stacy’s Story

S1E1-Heart Failure While Pregnant-Stacy’s Story

I didnt know I had heart disease and it almost killed me while I was pregnant. This is my story of how it all unfolded and luckily for me I was in the right place at the right time when my heart almost gave out. My heart story is similar to a lot of women who find out they have…

Interviews From the Heart: Kelsie

Interviews From the Heart: Kelsie

Name: Kelsie Age: 25 City, State: San Diego, CA What’s your heart story? I was diagnosed at birth with L-transposition of the greater arteries, Ebstein Valve, Ventricular Septal Defect. I also developed Heart Block in my early twenties. Growing up I always knew I had a heart condition. However, it wasn’t till I was older that I learned more about my…

Interviews From the Heart: Rebecca

Interviews From the Heart: Rebecca

Name:  Rebecca Smith-Casey Age: 39 City, State:  Lambertville, NJ  What’s your heart story? ( tell us your story in a format that works for you…include any of the following) In 1993 when I was a sophomore in high school I was in the middle of field hockey summer sessions when I started having dizzy spells, tunnel vision, blackouts, and fainting.  My…

Interviews from the Heart: Helga Meier

Interviews from the Heart: Helga Meier

I interviewed Helga, wanting to know her story and to share it with others who are just like us, heart-disease survivors. Here is her story…. What’s your heart story? I was born with an aortic heart valve stenosis. After the first femoral catheter, they decided to do another femoral catheter intervention where they used a balloon catheter to expand my…

Interviews from the Heart: Amanda DeJesus

Interviews from the Heart: Amanda DeJesus

  Amanda was born August 23, 1988, with Congenital Heart Disease. At 14 days old she had her first surgery. I interviewed Amanda, wanting to know her story and to share it with others who are just like us, heart-disease survivors. Here is her story….  Amanda had to repair a VSD and a Coarctation of the Aorta.(VSD- is a hole in…