Emily Kopp’s tale of courage: The Journey ahead…

All was going fine. I was going through my routine as normally as possible when suddenly in summers of 2010 I felt light headed and tired. It was summer of 2010 when I was feeling light-headed and tired. TheDoctors then informed me that the heart anti-rejection medicine is now causing my kidneys to fail. The roomContinue reading “Emily Kopp’s tale of courage: The Journey ahead…”

Emily Kopp’s tale of courage: The Surgery .. The Strength (Part 2)

My chest was being painted with a cleaning solution for my transplant. It tickled and I was rooting more vehemently for the Browns because I was being painted orange. The original transplant day was scheduled for October 16, but the double checking of the heart pushed it to October 17. I was 17-years-old and had only beenContinue reading “Emily Kopp’s tale of courage: The Surgery .. The Strength (Part 2)”

Emily Kopp’s tale of courage: How it started…

My name is Emily Kopp and this is part of my story… It was 2004 and the end of summer when everyone at Thome gymnastics began our nonstop run to the park. I was 14-years old. As we reached the top of a hill, I began to feel unusually exhausted. I didn’t think much ofContinue reading “Emily Kopp’s tale of courage: How it started…”

Cholesterol… and the heart….

Cholesterol helps your body build new cells, insulate nerves, and produce hormones. Normally, the liver makes all the cholesterol the body needs. But cholesterol also enters your body from food, such as animal-based foods like milk, eggs, and meat. Too much cholesterol in your body is a risk factor for heart disease. There are twoContinue reading “Cholesterol… and the heart….”

Dj’s Hope for hearts… How the journey started!

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve Lenny Merriman carries a message of hope in his heart and delivers it through an organization initiated after the death of his 17-year-old son.When DJ was 17 months old medical problems were detected and doctors told Merriman that a virus had attacked the infant’s heart. Later, theContinue reading “Dj’s Hope for hearts… How the journey started!”

Atrial Fibrillation: A Synoptic Report

Atrial fibrillation (say “A-tree-uhl fih-bruh-LAY-shun”) is an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that starts in the upper parts (atria) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of persistent irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Normally, the heart beats in a strong, steady rhythm. In atrial fibrillation, a problem with the heart’s electrical system causes the atriaContinue reading “Atrial Fibrillation: A Synoptic Report”

Congenital Heart Disease : A Synoptic overview

Congenital heart disease is a category of heart disease that includes abnormalities in cardiovascular structures that occur before birth. These defects occur while the fetus is developing in the uterus and may affect approximately 1 in 100 children. Congenital heart defects may produce symptoms at birth, during childhood, or not until adulthood. Other congenital defectsContinue reading “Congenital Heart Disease : A Synoptic overview”

Outlining Cardiomyopathy

Pediatric cardiomyopathy is a rare heart condition that affects infants and children. Specifically, cardiomyopathy means disease of the heart muscle (myocardium). Several different types of cardiomyopathy exist and the specific symptoms vary from case to case. In some cases, no symptoms may be present (asymptomatic); in many cases, cardiomyopathy is a progressive condition that may result in an impairedContinue reading “Outlining Cardiomyopathy”