Heart Failure Personal Stories

Updated:Aug 27,2015

Managing heart failure can be a daunting task, but you have every reason to be hopeful. Real patients share their experiences.

Nicole SmithBuilding a new life after congestive heart failure
The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work. Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant. “It took me a long time to be brave enough to share my story, but I have so many great ideas to help the community.”

Cynthia EssexMother of 8 who collapsed in church warns others: ‘Heart disease doesn’t look like anything’
That frightening Sunday morning of June 9, 2013, caused Cynthia Essex to make some lifestyle changes. “Life is too precious to do nothing, so I’ve told my story everywhere I’m invited. … My message is hope.”


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