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On a hot summer day in 2019, 52-year-old Danielle Sczerowski was driving to work, just like she did every day. Her commute on this particular day, however, was far from routine. Suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her chest and began to sweat.
A disease of the blood vessels that most often affects middle-aged women can increase risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. But until recently, the disease was not well-known – even among physicians.
Dr. Chris Snyder, Dr. Walter Hoyt and their entire team with the Congenital Heart Collaborative at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital performed a procedure on Abraham‘s heart using a new high-density grid mapping catheter.
Contessa assumed she was having a panic attack when she felt her heart racing, but her upper extremity blood pressure came back in the upper 180s. Her condition was so severe that she was treated almost immediately in the cath lab at UH Rainbow.
Eliza was diagnosed with double inlet left ventricle, or single ventricle, at 19 weeks gestation during a routine ultrasound.
After Abbey was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic left ventricular dysplasia, her care team – led by Dr. Chris Snyder and Dr. Walter Hoyt – determined the best course of action would be to implant a cardioverter defibrillator.
Studies show that up to 33 percent of heart attack patients develop some degree of depression, according to the American Heart Association.
Most of us are aware that heart problems can result from lifestyle choices or medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. But another potential influencer on your heart health could lie in your genes.