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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TESTIMONY~

A number of months back I signed up for Heartfelt’s on site heart test at a fitness center in Laguna Beach. I did it sort of tongue-in-cheek, not remotely expecting that I would be informed of a heart problem. Not too long after that testing I received notice from a cardiologist that a finding was raised as a result of the EKG. Well health wise, I believed myself to be bulletproof so the letter certainly got my attention.

A number of subsequent ongoing cardiologist’s test surfaced the finding that my heart was experiencing electrical problems, and inevitably I was going to require the installation of a pacemaker. I had the pacemaker installed, and now extend my gratitude to both Holly and the staff of Heartfelt.

In my most remote thinking, I would have not thought that I had heart issues. I worked out three to four times a week. I hiked and bicycled regularly, so just I just believed my heart-health to be of A-list quality. My suggestion for everyone, athletic or sedentary, is not to take your heart health for granted. Take advantage of  Heartfelt’s testing service. It is easy, costs next to nothing, and the outcome may very well save your life.

Thanks again Holly.

Don B.

Don didn't know he had a heart abnormality until it showed up on an EKG at a Heartfelt Cardiac Project screening event.

Don didn’t know he had a heart abnormality until it showed up on an EKG at a Heartfelt Cardiac Project screening event.

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EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES

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Heartfelt Cardiac Projects offers affordable heart screenings to the public.

http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org

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