Boycotting Heart Disease

It has been almost two months since I have blogged.   This blog sits in the back of my mind as I keep thinking to myself that I really need to write.  Truth is, I have kind of been boycotting heart disease.  I have taken the summer off; not from having heart disease but from thinking… Continue reading Boycotting Heart Disease

No More Chest Pain

It has been almost three months since I stepped out of my corporate job.  I realized the other day that I am a different person now.  I'm me again. My cardiologist said after the testing that there was nothing physically wrong with my heart, only stress, and now I believe her.  It feels good to… Continue reading No More Chest Pain

Are Patients Stupid?

Yesterday I read a USA Today article that was posted on Twitter by Carolyn Thomas at Heart Sisters.  The article is called called Don't Yelp Your Doctor and it is written by Niam Yaraghi who hails from the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.  The Brookings Institution lists Mr. Yaraghi as "a fellow in the… Continue reading Are Patients Stupid?

You May Not Need to See Me, But I Need to See You.

I read a blog article tweeted by Carolyn Thomas at Heart Sisters the other day.  It hit very close to home and close to some recent conversation with another heart sister Teri. (See Teri's story).  It was written by Brian Loew, the CEO of Inspire and is titled What Do You Wish Your Doctor Knew?.… Continue reading You May Not Need to See Me, But I Need to See You.

The Results

After an excruciating weekend waiting for test results and envisioning a multitude of really bad outcomes, I received my test results on Monday.  They were fine--no further damage and no open heart surgery.  What a relief!  Of course, when they called with good results, it did not mean that I could reverse my decision to… Continue reading The Results

My Decision to Leave

I have been wrestling with a major life changing decision. I have known for many months that my occupation (running an anesthesia billing office) is more stress than I should put on my post heart attack heart.  The evidence has been building.  Increased chest pain, increased indigestion and crushing fatigue. Even as these symptoms were… Continue reading My Decision to Leave