Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Angie celebrates a special anniversary on Wear Red Day

Happy National Wear Red Day Minnesota! All across the country, people have been wearing red today to show their support for Go Red For Women and to help raise awareness of heart disease. One of our You’re the Cure Advocates right here in Minnesota is wearing red for a very important reason today.

After being a healthy 25 year old woman, Angie found herself facing a scary diagnosis – idiopathic cardiomyopathy, a rare but serious condition that causes the heart muscle to become inflamed and to work less efficiently. Over the next six years, Angie would be implanted with two ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators), be listed on and off the transplant list, work with doctors to be put on the correct medications and become a proud mother to her son. As things finally started to calm down for Angie, she began having issues with her stomach. After undergoing many tests and having her gallbladder removed, doctors determined it was her heart causing the problems. At the end of last April, Angie was admitted to the hospital and put on the transplant list for a new heart. After months in the hospital, Angie received a new heart on July 4th. Since her surgery, she is able to be a mom and wife again. She is able to play with her son and is not in constant need of care from her husband. Today, on National Wear Red Day, Angie is celebrating 7 months with her new heart!
Happy Anniversary Angie! Thank you for being an active advocate in Minnesota, especially on women’s heart issues.

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