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Chantal, 70 years old

Retired teacher (Bachy, France)

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There’s a BEFORE and an AFTER. For a number of years, I suffered from an arrhythmia. Despite an electric shock and medications, I was having more and more episodes lasting longer each time. At 68 years of age, I was unable to plan activities, an outing or even accept an invitation because of my palpitations, extreme fatigue and nausea. In early 2018, my cardiologists talked with me about radiofrequency ablation and explained the benefits and risks. In February 2018, he did this ablation. I was rather anxious about it in the beginning since I’d been informed of the potential risks, but I quickly got back to a normal life! Water aerobics, walking, biking and going to the fitness center are now part of my schedule. I’m so grateful to the cardiologists who’ve enabled me to LIVE AGAIN! My cardiologist told me about the work of Women’s Cardiovascular Healthcare Foundation and I agreed to share my story to alert women about this disease so they can listen to their own symptoms, anticipate them and act to prevent complications.

 

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Virginie, 64 years old

Nurse from Paris, France

“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. [...]

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Marie, 59 years old

Administrative Assistant (Paris, France)

Last summer during the heatwave, I had difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, even though walking was my favorite pastime. I lead a healthy life and eat a balanced diet. I decided to see my doctor because of the chronic fatigue and shortness of breath. I was worried about light pain in my arm [...]

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