Living With Heart Failure - Heather's Story - MN Go Red 2016-17

Author: American Heart Association - Midwest

- I'm Heather Peterson and I am in heart failure. I was 26, and I was running, training for a half marathon. And I was going into ventricular tachycardia. I went into the cardiologist and had a stress test done where I also went into V-Tach. Lucky that I never went into cardiac arrest. So, I've been working with physicians and team to just really do everything I possibly can to stay as healthy as I possibly can for as long until I get my transplant.

Emotionally, that's been really tough for me having to stop working out and not being able to do any type of run and seeing people run is kind of tough for me. One thing I've taken out of all this is you definitely have to be an advocate for yourself. You just have to make sure that you are getting across your story and that the physicians you're working with are listening to you. And once you find that match of a cardiologist that does all that for you, it just feels like home.

I go red because women need their own health advocate.

Living With Heart Failure - Heather's Story - MN Go Red 2016-17

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