Congenital Heart Disease

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May 23, 2018

Stories of the Heart - Barbara

By Stephanie Daniels, Operations Coordinator-Cardiovascular Diseases, @stephd

Screen Shot 2018-06-14 at 2Born with a congenital heart defect, Barb Peters shares her story of surviving multiple heart surgeries at Mayo Clinic, and the impact that Mayo had on her family's life.

Watch Barbara's story of the heart.

So I'm fairly new with cardiacs problems. Mostly because I'm 27 now. But in mid December 2017 I was feeling dopesick (in withdrawal) from heroin and feeling much worst than I usually felt from withdrawal. I just got outta rehab and thought i must of had a much larger habit and this is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. So I'm to sick and unable to do much so I called the paramedics. From there it's a blur. I just remembered sleeping a lot and being transferred to UCLA. Later in find out I was in a coma and now needed opened heart surgery for my arotia vavle to be replaced from endocarditis. I got endocarditis from using gross needles and what not. I never heard of it not thought it would happen to me. I did the surgery 12/27/17 but had to be on antibiotics for 6 weeks. Which I completed. And ten days out of the hospital, at a follow-up appointment I got readmitted to the hospital. This time it was very serious. I had to redo the entire surgery again but now because it's a few months after my first surgery there are many more risk. Like more of a risk of dying, heart failure, and becoming a vegetable. which had me actually terrified. But on 04/02/18 after 11hours and being shocked back to life, twice. I'm finally fixed. Continuing to be good to my heart and health. I take Suboxone a medication for my opiod addiction with is a much better solution then pain killers. Especially for myself. I take all my other medication (seizure meds, depression meds, meds for nerve damage, vitamins and my heart meds) which should of been for years. I been struggling with my life, sobriety, employment, relationships and health for about 2 1/2 years before I had opened heart surgery. Which makes me believe it was do from the endocarditis and all the damned from the abuse I put myself thr

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