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Laurinda Fiddler’s Story

Other Survivor, Age 52, Moreno Valley, CA

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Laurinda's Story

At age 18 I was told I had a heart murmur. I didn’t believe the doctor so I ignored him. at age 24 I started having chest pain that radiated to my left arm and hand that would last about 2-3 min. I thought it was weird but still young and naive I went about life and didn’t worry about it. after more than a year of this and the frequency and length of the attacks increased  I went and saw a doctor. He ran some test and told me that I had an arrhythmia called bigeminy and trigeminy. He told me don’t worry about it they are common in athletic people of your age. I told him that I wasn’t athletic. He asked don’t you play any sports and I said an occasional baseball or tag football game with friends. He said that’s athletic. Then he advised me not to tell anyone I had this or I might have problems keeping my job. Employers don’t like medical stuff. So I followed his advice. After more years of on and off chest pain and a pounding in my chest I gave birth to my first child. When he was 9 months old I stopped nursing and went to a gynecologist to get birth control. He told me I had a murmur and need to see a cardiologist before he would prescribe birth control. So I went. She ran test and said I had mitrovalvue prolapse. She put me on meds but my bp is so low that I couldn’t handle them. so we just watched it since it was mild. She took good care of me. I moved away 6 yrs later. She told me not to fall through the cracks. I needed test to keep track since it was getting slowly worse. The next 6 years I was in and out of cardiologists’ offices being told it’s mitrovalve prolapse so get use to it. I eventually developed many arrhythmia also and I was always in and out of the hospital. I went back to my cardiologist from years earlier( even though it is 90 miles away). I had test and was given a pacemaker. I have since also had 2 cardiac ablations due to my over 10000 arrhythmia a day including afib and vtach. I have had 1 stroke and 3 TIA. I still occasionally go to the Er ( for really bad chest pains and get told why are you here? you have mitro valvue stop bothering us( by cardiologist) I was even questioned once what do you have a female cardiologist or something you have every test done at least 100 times.

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