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Women Share Stories of Survival After Experiencing Life-Threatening Heart Events

Heart disease is a very real and life-threatening problem for women. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined. Because women can experience symptoms that are quite different from men, which may not easily be recognized as symptoms of a heart attack or other cardiac event, it is important that women understand not only their risk factors, but also learn how to recognize the signs -- because getting immediate medical attention after a heart event is crucial.

The following stories are stories of survival. These women came to University Hospitals for help when the unthinkable happened to them; many of them had no idea that they were even at risk for a heart disease. Find out about the symptoms these women experienced, and about the life-saving treatment they received through University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute that led them down the road to recovery.

Sarah’s Story as featured in the February 2014 issue of Cleveland Magazine

When Sarah Seals started to feel out of breath just walking up a flight of stairs, she knew something was wrong. Now, after valve replacement surgery and cardiac rehab at University Hospitals, Sarah says she feels better than ever and is back to living an active lifestyle. Read more.

Dana’s Story as featured in the February 2014 issue of Cleveland Magazine

Dana Morris was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and after undergoing chemotherapy, she is now considered cured. However, the chemo that cured her cancer also has the potential to cause heart problems. Find out more about the onco-cardiology program at UH and its role in monitoring the heart health of cancer patients. Read more.

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