My name is Mikey, and I am a 5th grader in Carol Stream, Il. I have SVT. That stands for Supraventricular tachycardia. It means I have a heart condition. My heart works, but it just works different than other people. I take medicine every day. I see a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Her name is Dr. Tsao. She has been taking care of me since I found out about my heart condition in Kindergarten.
I sometime have to wear a special monitor that counts my heart beats and makes sure that my heart is working OK.
Every once in a while I have an SVT episode. That is when my heart beats really fast. There are special things that I do to slow down my heart rate, like stand on my head.
Even though I have a heart condition, I can still play baseball, basketball or any other sport that I want. I still do gym and recess, even Track & Field Day. I swim in my pool all summer and ride my bike and scooter. When I am ready, there is a surgery that I can have done. SVT is not life threatening so it’s up to me and my parents to decide about the surgery.
My family and I are grateful for all the research done by the American Heart Association that has helped me and other kids with heart disease have a chance at a long and healthy life.
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