REBECCA’S STORY

REBECCA’S STORY

(Written by her parents)

Becca Basketball

Becca’s Basketball Photo

HEARTFELT cardiac screening saved Rebecca’s life!

Rebecca ran cross-country, played JV  basketball, and ran long distant track for Esperanza High School. In the summer after her freshman year, a girl’s sister on her cross-country team, Morgan, died suddenly on the tennis court from cardiac arrest. This event plus shortness of breath that Rebecca felt frequently when running longer distances in cross-country (her doctor told her it was sports induced asthma and gave her an inhaler to use), troubled her often.  She suspected that something else might be wrong. That fall, HEARTFELT cardiac screening was offered at her high school campus and Rebecca felt the urge to be checked. The screening was easy and didn’t take long. After her screening, Rebecca was told by Heartfelt Cardiac Projects that an abnormality was detected, and referred her to a cardiologist for further testing.

Becca Cross Country Esperanza

Becca’s Cross Country Photo

Rebecca was diagnosed with Hydrotropic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). This is a
thickening of the middle wall (septum) between the heart chambers that makes the
lower left ventricle smaller and harder for blood to get through especially during
extreme exercise. At the time Rebecca was running up to 6 miles a day in cross-
country. The shortness of breath and tightness she was feeling in her chest wasn’t
from asthma; it most likely was from not enough blood being pumped through her
heart! Her cardiologist told her to stop organized sports immediately. He ran her
through several stress tests and found her heart working fine under normal
conditions. If her heart continued to pump extremely in sports, she may have
suffered cardiac arrest.

Becca Cross Country OC Invitational

Becca’s Cross Country OC Invitational Photo

We are so thankful we discovered this through HEARTFELT cardiac screening.  Rebecca’s life has changed. It’s been hard for her to give up competitive sports. She has found alternative ways of exercise through Pilates, yoga, and hiking. Her cardiologist has her on a low dosage beta-blocker medication but no further medical attention is needed other than yearly heart checkups.

HCM is genetic. Our family has been genetically tested and neither her brother nor
sister has HCM. We also know that Rebecca can pass this along to her kids but now
that this gene has been identified, it possibly could be “spun out” of Rebecca’s DNA
so it may not affect her future children.

Becca Bday

Becca’s Birthday Photo

This diagnosis has also inspired Rebecca to inform others about this screening. She
learned that statistically 3 other people at her school could have HCM and not know
it. The following spring after her diagnosis, Rebecca spoke to every sports team at
Esperanza High School encouraging them to get tested at the HEARTFELT cardiac
screening held at the same time as the spring sport’s physicals. Supporting
HEARTFELT cardiac screening is very important to Rebecca. Many thanks to Holly,
the founder of HEARTFELT cardiac screening, for all her kindness and
encouragement during this scary time!

Dawn & Mark,
Rebecca’s mom  & dad

Learn more about heart screenings at:

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

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OPEN YOUR HEART

A message from Holly Morrell, Executive Director, Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

On July 14, 2012, I survived emergency open-heart surgery by only 90 seconds.  I believe my life was spared in order for me to continue my life’s work — saving others from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  

SCA kills a high-school athlete every three days and 450,000 people each year.  It is the number-one killer of women and the number-one killer in the U.S.  I am living with a heart disease that has killed six members of my family.

Through my nonprofit organization, PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, I have spent the past 14 years providing community cardiac screenings for early detection of heart disease and other cardiac conditions that can lead to sudden death.  I have provided comprehensive cardiac evaluation to over 30,000 people across the United States, free of charge or at just a fraction of what it would cost them any other way.  It has been both a privilege and an indescribable blessing to have had the opportunity to save and/or protect the lives of hundreds of people, who would not have access to or money for these screenings.

I cannot do this alone.  I need your help!

I must raise funds for PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects to continue the service of this life-saving organization.

PLESAE HELP ME at GO FUND ME

by making a tax-deductible donation

so I can continue to screen more people and save more lives.

 

Thank you . . . from the bottom of my heart.

~Holly Morrell

  http://www.gofundme.com/HeartfeltCardiacProjects

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 Please take five minutes to view this video

profiling four young kids recently saved by Heartfelt screenings

and to learn more about my personal story.

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For more information, visit Heartfelt Cardiac Projects at:

http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/

KILLING MORE WOMEN THAN ALL CANCERS COMBINED

YOU NEED TO KNOW ~

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.
  • Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.
  • Heart disease is the cause of death of approximately 26% of women who die each year  ~  That’s one in every four women.
  • 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary disease have no previous symptoms, and in many cases their deaths may have been prevented had they had access to cardiac screenings early on (American Heart Association 2010).

64 Percent of woment

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Early detection saves lives!

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

provides affordable heart screenings to the public.

Make arrangements to have your heart screened today!

Find out how:

http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org

EVERY 90 SECONDS

Did you know that . . .

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

kills more than 1,000 people a day,

that’s one person every 90 seconds,

a number greater than the number of deaths each year

from breast cancer, lung cancer, stroke or AIDS?

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Early Detection Saves Lives!

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

offers affordable heart screenings to the public.

Have your heart screened today!

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT HEARTFELT CARDIAC PROJECTS

KINDNESS

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“Carry out a random act of kindness,

with no expectation of reward,

safe in the knowledge that one day

someone might do the same for you.”

~Princess Diana

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Give the gift of peace of mind.

Provide an affordable heart screening for someone today.

Contact Heartfelt Cardiac Projects to find out how:

http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org

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HEART SCREENING MISSION VIEJO

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Early detection saves lives!

If you would like to be screened at our Mission Viejo, California event,

please click link below:

http://heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/schedule-a-screening/

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

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This Valentines Day,  give the gift of peace of mind.

Schedule a heart screening for those you love !

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HEARTFELT CARDIAC PROJECTS

WISHES YOU AND THOSE YOU LOVE

A HAPPY VALENTINES DAY !

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To schedule an affordable heart screening, visit us at:

http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org

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