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July Lykken ‘s Story

Heart Failure Survivor, Age 42, Kansas City , MO

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July's Story

I am a 41 year old wife and mother of 3 wonderful kids! Last month I experienced heart failure. After feeling really bad and having zero energy for about a week I finally took myself to the clinic where they suggested an ER visit due to elevated heart rate above 130 BPM. So I drove myself. After many hours and multiple scans, x rays and tests they had no explanation and I went home. A few days later I saw the cardiologist only after my husband adamantly demanded I make the appointment. The initial appointment consisted of answering 100 questions and having an Ecochardiograhm or ECHO scan. My follow up was set for Noon the following day. Well I didn’t make it to the follow up as the DR. called me at 8:30 am suggesting I come in ASAP. Te news was not good and I spent the next 5 days in ICU missing my  family very much. I had no clue what was wrong with me. I couldn’t breath and though I just had a respiratory infection!

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