Just Like You
Hello, my name is Tonia and I am a survivor of a cardiac event just like millions of you. I am so thankful to the amazing doctors that diagnosed my extreme heart failure. In 2018 it was discovered that my EF (Ejection Fraction) was only 14% (not good – 55%-70% is normal) and all three arteries in my heart were more than 90% blocked requiring multiple stents and two surgeries to get the blood flow moving. Five months later my EF number was still low and doctors were concerned that my heart might just stop suddenly so it was decided that I needed another surgery to replace the pace maker I already had (2014 surgery) to an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). Today I’m happy to say, so far so good! My EF number is better now with the help of medication, diet, exercise, and regular doctor visits.
I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in Cardiac Rehab where I learned a lot about my condition and what changes I needed to make to take care of myself.
Cardiac Rehab was my Inspiration to create CookingHeartSmart.com