By Tim Nebergall My story with heart trouble begins in the year 2000. Up to that point in my life, I had been told that I had a heart murmur, but that was it. It was nothing to worry about. In 2000, I started to have some health issues and ended up with a hemorrhage…

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By Mark Buttell Living with scars has not always been the most ego-boosting part of my life. When you’re young, it’s fun to show your battle scars, and of course, most older folks were amazed that a 5-year-old was showing them scars from open-heart surgery. Back in the 1970s, it wasn’t very common, and looking…

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and can be prevented by choosing to eat nutritious foods that help keep your arteries clear. You may be asking what causes congestive heart failure? Some common causes are alcohol abuse, high blood pressure and unhealthy eating habits. Research has found that eating…

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By Amanda Primus My parents welcomed me into their lives in the spring of 1986. At my six-month well-child check, I was diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis Bicuspid murmur, which means oxygenated blood would flow back into my heart. My family did not treat me any different. I did everything my brother did; we ran, climbed…

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Flu season is well underway, and every flu season brings out two types of people. For one type, the flu shot is a necessity; it is a responsibility; it is an obligation. For the other type, the flu shot is painful; it is insignificant; it is an inconvenience. Ultimately, this is an unfortunate dichotomy. Opposing…

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When my daughter was 4 years old, her doctor heard a faint clicking sound in her heart at a well-child visit. We discovered she had a bicuspid aortic valve and several other heart defects. She is now 19 and has always been asymptomatic and hasn’t needed surgery. Because a bicuspid valve is congenital, her cardiologist…

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