U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  |  National Institutes of Health

 Heart Truth Home Contact Site Index En Español NHLBI
Photo of Pattie
Select A Story
Pattie Age: 46
Balerma Age: 52
Susan Age: 41
Previous More Stories Next
Stories From The Heart


My doctor diagnosed me as having a heart murmur a couple of years ago and said I should check in with a cardiologist every few years.  I started feeling out of breath while doing everyday things, like practicing soccer with my daughter.  At first, I just chalked it up to being out of shape, but it got worse.  I've always had a lot of energy, so I went to my doctor.  She told me my heart condition could be fatal if I didn't get to a hospital very soon.

 A few weeks later, I had surgery to replace my aortic valve.
It's important for people to realize that life doesn't have to come to a halt just because they've been a heart patient.  The joke among my colleagues, clients, and those who have known me for decades is that I still don't slow down!  There are a lot of things I want to do in my life, so I know it's important to take care of my health.  Most women put everyone else before themselves, but you can't put off taking care of your heart.

What Is The Heart Truth?
Heart Truth Events
Heart Truth Ambassador
Heart Truth Partners
Stories From The Heart
Lower Heart Disease Risk
Menopausal Hormone Therapy
Campaign Materials
Health Professional Materials
Press Room
Quarterly Updates

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services logo Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health logo National Institutes of Health