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Share Your Story: Pamela Dell

Pamela, Idaho For me heart disease is a family affair. My mother, brother and I are all living with Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis. After my diagnosis in 2000, I was given an induced heart-attack via alcohol ablation, followed one year...

Share Your Story: Lisa

Lisa, Montana It all started when I was 19. I was engaged to be married and in my first year of college when I had an unexpected stroke. In a matter of a week, I had been diagnosed with a...

Share Your Story: Michelle S.

Michelle, Alaska My daughter was born with coarctation of the aorta in 2003. She was flown by medical personnel from our hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska to Anchorage where she was diagnosed. The next day, at just three days old, we...

Share Your Story: Sharon B.

Sharon, Alaska I have always known that heart disease was hereditary. I had my first blood clot in 1964 and the next clot in 1983. I started to feel tired easily and was often out of breath. I asked my...

Share Your Story: Marilyn Gagen

Marilyn Gagen, Hawaii I lost my husband of almost 40 years from a lifetime of smoking resulting in cardiovascular disease. He was just 59 years old. My brother has had five heart attacks and my grandfather died of a heart...

Share Your Story: Lindsey L.

Lindsey, Oregon In 2010 my beautiful son Kaleb was born. It wasn’t until 14 hours later that a pulse oximetry test was done only to discover he had an undiagnosed critical congenital heart defect. Kaleb has critical aortic stenosis, endofibroelastosis...

Share Your Story: Shannon T.

Shannon T, Montana After suffering from my first mini-stroke at the age of 25, I was diagnosed with CADASIL, Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy.  It is a rare, inherited arterial disease of the brain, which results...
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Eric Vaiksnoras, Ohio

My name is Eric Vaiksnoras, and my life has been significantly impacted by cardiovascular disease. Five months after my son was born, my 27-year-old wife Julie died suddenly from a cardiac arrest caused by a heart disease called cardiomyopathy. This was a devastating loss, and left me as a 30-year-old young widower and single dad. 

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Share Your Story: Kendra Bybee

Kendra Bybee, Utah I experienced a severe headache at 9 1/2 weeks pregnant. I thought it must be hormones but as the day went on I felt as though my head were swimming in blood. My husband took me to the ER...

Share Your Story: Steve Schauer

Steve Schauer, Nevada I had a sudden cardiac arrest at my office and a coworker saved my life with CPR. Because he was CPR certified, he immediately assessed the situation and began chest compressions. He also knew where the nearest AED...