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: 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…

Why A Heart Walk Should Be A Family Affair

Why A Heart Walk Should Be A Family Affair

On Saturday, October 14th I grabbed Ashley (my wonderful daughter) and went to the annual Hartford Heart Walk as a volunteer. I debated whether or not I should leave her at home or take her with me to be my assistant for the event. She knows that mummy has heart disease and she talks about my scar and my sick…

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…

My First Birthday After Heart Surgery

My First Birthday After Heart Surgery

My First Birthday After Open Heart Surgery All birthdays are special but the first birthday after my second open heart surgery felt extra special. Why was it so special might you ask? Well, I was just so thankful to be alive after a very challenging last few years. Not only was I celebrating turning 35 years old but I was…

My Heart Story

My Heart Story

My Heart Story   My heart story is similar to a lot of women who find out they have cardiovascular issues while pregnant…luckily for me, I found out before it was too late. I was unaware of my rheumatic heart disease until I was 29 years old, pregnant and experiencing congestive heart failure (CHF). The unfortunate thing is that I…