Nurse from Paris, France

Virginie, 64 years old

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“I hadn’t been feeling very well for several months. My leg hurt when I walked and I coughed a lot. I talked with my doctor who sent me to the hospital for a full battery of tests. At that time, I was still smoking around 20 cigarettes a day. I had been taking anti-depressants since I had my baby. I drank liquor in the evenings and had wine at every meal. I was stressed by retirement because my husband and I weren’t used to being together every day. I was also overweight. The tests showed I had very high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease in the right leg, chronic bronchitis and coronary arteries filled with plaque from cholesterol. I felt like I was in trouble and I’d had enough of all that. I got help to quit all my addictions. I went to cardiac rehabilitation for three weeks and then followed prevention recommendations and made lifestyle changes. I’m careful to take my medications every day. I’m much better now, but I really scared myself. I share my story with those around me so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else!”




Annie, 64 years old

For several years, I’d been having heart rhythm problems lasting an hour at a time, three times per week. Then it increased to four days a week. It was an arrhythmia. Treatment wasn’t helpful. I had palpitations every day even if I wasn’t doing anything other than eating. It was an ordeal. I [...]



Lucie, 70 years old

Retired (Lys-Lez-Lannoy, France)

At 70 years of age, I was in good health and never thought I’d one day be diagnosed as a person with heart failure (dilated cardiomyopathy). I had a narrow escape… It was the only organ I didn’t think would be affected. Until that point, my physical condition hadn’t caused any problems as I [...]



Hélène, 26 years old

Medical Resident (Lille, France)

I’m a resident in my fifth semester and plan to specialize in emergency medicine. Something I recently experienced during a shift in the emergency department led me to do my thesis on coronary syndrome in women. This illness has been on the rise among women for many years. While men receive good [...]


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