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Aug 16

Posted by: ACHA
8/16/2013 2:03 PM  RssIcon

My name is Yvonne and I was born in Michigan in 1968 with Transposition of the Arteries. I was diagnosed with my CHD immediately, I was a Blue Baby. Because of my weight I couldn't be operated on at birth, so my Cardiologist did a Balloon Catheterization (very experimental at the time) which is now known as Angioplasty. When I was 2, I had my first open heart operation to correct the defect. Everything was going well with that surgery until I was 4 when I had to have another open heart operation because I was turning blue again. After my second open heart, I did very well and lead a relatively normal life (with some restrictions). Then I turned 21. My heart started racing just from doing normal things (like taking out the garbage). It was then decided at that time that I needed my first pacemaker. I am now on my fourth pacemaker. I've been doing well with medication and the pacemaker, but in April at my last Doctor visit I was told I was in the beginning stages of congestive heart failure. I'm now on a low sodium diet along with exercise and new medication. I'm very interested in talking to other people like me who are doing well with this diagnosis. Since I have learned that I am in CHF I've tried to do some research and have found that there is very little information for patients with a CHD and CHF. We in our 40's, 50's and 60's really need to stick together and learn from each other.

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