After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.
Jun 21 2012
My Congestive Heart Failure Prognosis
Living while knowing that your heart is failing is very hard however actually facing my congestive heart failure prognosis was scary. When I first heard the term congestive heart failure I was too shocked to ask all of the question necessary to...
Jun 07 2012
Having a heart attack while pregnant was a very scary experience for me. I was rushed to the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania for an angiogram. Although I was given a sedative, I woke up a few minutes before the doctors finishe...
Jun 06 2012
My Fluctuating Heart Pressure
After my initial diagnosis of congestive heart failure, my doctors put me on several medications to control everything from my heart rhythm to my fluctuating blood pressure. During the first few months of taking my blood pressure medicine...
Jun 05 2012
Doctors and Their Amazing Grace
Doctors today are able to perform surgery with minimal scaring and in less time than in years past. Some patients can return home in just days after heart surgery. It's amazing! The mere thought of a person using an instrument to go into ...
Jun 04 2012
Red Red Wine
There is a band that sings about red wine. The song is about 20 years old. It was released long before studies suggested that red wine may have heart health benefits. I wasn't a wine drinker before my heart attack. Not for any pa...
Jun 01 2012
My Trusty Defibrillator
The day I found out I needed a defibrillator was a very scary time. I knew my heart was weak. I could tell by the way I felt that things were getting bad, but I had no idea that my doctor could have suspected congestive heart failure. M...
May 30 2012
Weight Loss and the Ole Ticker
Obesity in this country has become an epidemic. When I was a young girl, physical education was a class required in school. We learned how to exercise and what foods we should and shouldn't eat. We also had recess everyday. This was a ti...
May 29 2012
It Only Takes 10 minutes
Did you know that 10 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, three times per week may reduce your chance of heart disease? Can you think of something fun to do for 10 minutes per day? I can! 10 minutes didn't seem like a lot until I put it to...
May 08 2012
The Not-So-Usual Risk Factors
Although I had none of the classic risk factors for heart disease when I suffered a massive heart attack, looking back, I realize that I could have done a better job monitoring my heart health. I must admit that I haven't always followed the t...
May 04 2012
It’s Still Me
When you’re married and have children, in a relationship, or even with friends, you may find yourself in a position to comfort your loved ones during or after your life-threatening illness. I’ve had such a wonderful support system through my to...