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.
Oct 16 2012
Heart Disease Can Change Your Life
Suffering a life-threatening health scare can lead to many life-changing decisions. It can also change a family forever. When I worked for the Board of Education I was a healthy young mother, full of life. I made jewelry on the weekends and ...
Oct 04 2012
Stress and Congestive Heart Failure
As a heart patient my doctor often reminds me to avoid stress. He also has me on medications that keep my blood pressure and heart rate nice and low. I usually tease him by saying "Dracula could jump out of the closet and I probably wouldn't flinc...
Sep 26 2012
Congestive Heart Failure and The Common Cold
As a heart patient I am very aware of my surroundings, especially during cold and flu season.To the average healthy person the common cold is a seasonal annoyance, and sometimes even troublesome enough to cause people to miss days from work or sch...
Sep 13 2012
Migraines and Heart Disease
Along with a serious heart condition, I also suffer from regular migraines.It started when I was ten years old -- back then they called them "sinus headaches." My head would hurt badly I couldn't move...I couldn't even cry. I couldn't tolerate ...
Sep 06 2012
One Day Up, Two Days Rest
Four years ago, I experienced a SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection), which lead to my development of heart disease. Because everything happened so quickly, it has taken me a while to accept how much this event has changed my life.Be...
Aug 17 2012
Heat, Fluids, and Congestive Heart Failure
I've a been heart attack survivor for about 4 years now. When I was battling for my life in the critical care unit of the hospital at The University of Pennsylvania, I went into a condition called flash pulmonary edema. This happens when the hear...
Aug 10 2012
An Ounce of Prevention
One of the things I have learned since my heart attack is that avoiding (or at least learning how to manage) stress is one of the best things we can do for our overall health, and especially for heart health. But how? From work to raising a family...
Jul 09 2012
Being a Mother with a Semi Broken Heart
On a normal day I would need the energy of six college athletes just to keep up with all of the activities and chores needed to maintain my lifestyle as a mother of five children. However, I don't have that energy--it's just little old me and m...
Apr 24 2012
Dealing with my Diagnosis
Returning home to four children with a new baby and a failing heart was not an easy task. I was a very sick mother of five. When I first got home from the hospital, I went straight to bed. I was barely able to walk or talk, yet I had a n...
Apr 16 2012
Grocery Shopping: Only if I Have To
Grocery shopping with a weakened heart can be a challenge. Although I know that as a person with a heart condition, I should seek help and accept support whenever it’s offered, there are times when I have to get the job done on my own. Sometime...