How heart disease has changed my life

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Pump Head?

  • By Meme1958 · New reply April 14, 2014
  • 4 replies
  • I read an article about the affects of lack of oxygen after open heart surgery. Glad to know I am not the only one that feels I have been affected by this. I was told that during surgery(I had CABAG done ...


  • By Gerraldine · New reply April 11, 2014
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  • Exercise has been an elusive friend this past winter, but the roads are finally clear and dry enough to get out a do a walk. I've gained significant weight over the past two years and have to get it off ...

WomenHeart - Heart of Style National Tour

  • By Kianakai · New reply March 30, 2014
  • 7 replies
  • Has anyone had a chance to participate on the national WomenHeart - Heart of Style tour? I was invited by the San Diego (Kaiser Hospital), Chapter Support Group Leader, Ellen Robin, to participate at ...

hard time coping

  • By teri57 · New reply March 18, 2014
  • 7 replies
  • Hey All, its been awhile since I visited here. I had some trouble dealing with the HA I had back in august of last year. Depression has set in. I don't really have many people to talk with. Other than ...

Angina by the clock

  • By Bobsey · New reply March 17, 2014
  • 12 replies
  • I was given a diagnosis of Prinzmetal unstable varient angina just under a year ago. I have had two blockages, angioplasties and stents, the first one last march and the last in early December. Since ...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  • By DJ71 · New reply March 16, 2014
  • 5 replies
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day from Chicago! The Chicago River was dyed green today, in celebration of Chicago's Irish. Luckily, the heavy ice melted just in time. I did not attend the dyeing or the parade this ...

I was featured on this blog!

  • By abfriemel · New reply March 8, 2014
  • 5 replies
  • Wanted to share the article that my cardiac rehab put on their blog for February. I hope the link works! ease-strikes-cardiac-rehab-helps-rebuild Annabeth ...

Temperature sensitivity

  • By Bobsey · New reply March 7, 2014
  • 7 replies
  • I wonder what you have been told about what I perceive as a very heightened sensitivy to cold after stenting. Anyone out there been told something interesting or useful? I read and know it is a very real ...


  • By babydolly · New reply March 6, 2014
  • 4 replies
  • Hi my name is sylvia new to this group had a heart attack over 4 years ago at age of 32 also have heart failure ef 35 % still finding it hard to accept but gave up smoking and changed my lifestyle but ...

I just knew all that stress at work was making my heart sick!!

  • By MARYCORINNE · New reply February 26, 2014
  • 2 replies
  • Check this out: How stress can effect your heart. /heart-attack-signs-in-wom_n_4833198.htm l This Mayo Clinic Doctor is fantastic. I love the entire video, especially ...

A new way of eating support group

  • By rjmheart · New reply February 25, 2014
  • 1 reply
  • I have arrithmia and pad and had a triple bypass one and a half years ago. I still struggle with sugar in my diet and daily exercise. Some patients are so much better at this than I am. Single and trying ...

Open heart surgery in babies

  • By Linniece · New reply February 22, 2014
  • 9 replies
  • Hello I'm Linniece. My almost 2 month old baby has justhad open heart surgery. After being in the hospital for 7 weeks being told he was not a candidate for heart surgery, there's nothing else they can ...

Has the View of Your Heart Changed?

  • By Artista · Posted February 19, 2014
  • 0 replies
  • Has the View of Your Heart Changed? Excerpt From the book "The Sublime Engine"- "Imagine that you are a primitive. You have just clawed your way to the top rung of the evolutionary ladder. You have achieved ...

Angina and disablity

  • By MountainLoverNY · New reply February 11, 2014
  • 5 replies
  • Hi I was wondering if any woman here work full time with angina or are they unable to be employed do to unstable angina? thank you for your tiime ...

Hard time controlling bad habits

  • By luluthenanny · New reply February 7, 2014
  • 10 replies
  • Hello..I'm the new girl. I am 59 and after months of breathlessness and arm and chest sensations (not bad pain) I ended up at the ER with a complete blockage and stent insertion. All of the men in my ...

Now a sleep apnea diagnosis...hello C-PAP

  • By deb52 · New reply February 7, 2014
  • 20 replies
  • I like passing tests but when it comes to my heart, I feel like I "fail" each one. The lastest test was a sleep study and it showed I have mild sleep apnea. I've been told because of my heart disease ...


  • By Liztino · New reply January 31, 2014
  • 3 replies
  • CRT-D I have had a CRT-D implanted 3 1/2 years ago, I have dialated cardiomyopathy, LBBB, syncope and high blood pressure. I had my first difib implanted sub dermally and had to have it relocated in a ...

Dealing with the workplace et al

  • By Coffeebean1790 · New reply January 29, 2014
  • 15 replies
  • This topic has probably been looked at a million times over, because I know all of us go through it. I was diagnosed with Left Ventricular Noncompaction Cardiomyopathy last January, two weeks after my ...

Cleveland clinic?

  • By debbiebutterfly · New reply January 29, 2014
  • 27 replies
  • Anyone had experience with Cleveland Clinic? My PCP would like me to go to get a second opinion.....does not feel like my cardio is aggressive enough ...

heart surgery

  • By piriepam · New reply January 21, 2014
  • 24 replies
  • After going through many emotions after my bypass surgery I have come to realise that life is so precious and I have a very different outlook on life,,and I am extremely grateful for the wonderful people ...

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