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!”




Sophie, 47 years old

Business executive in Lyon

During lockdown, I was experiencing strange sensations. I called the paramedics right away and described what I was feeling. They told me I was having a heart attack. Fortunately, I was taken to the hospital right away and had two stents inserted. I was released after four days and started cardiac [...]



Clémence, 25 years old

Student (Montpellier, France)

My name is Clémence. I’m 25 and I was born prematurely at 7 months with a fairly rare genetic disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sometimes called hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. A mutation of the MYH7 (myosin heavy chain) gene I carry caused this disease. In my case, the wall [...]



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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