Gaye Foster suffers from a rare type of cardiomyopathy which leads to heart failure. She joined us to talk about her journey through numerous procedures.
Gaye is not alone -- nearly 45 percent of women age 20 and older are living with some form of cardiovascular disease. The month of February is seat aside as "Go Red for Women".... to get the word out about heart disease.
In Gaye's case it was cardiomyopathy which refers to diseases of the heart muscle. In most cases, cardiomyopathy causes the heart muscle to become enlarged, thick or rigid.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms:
o Shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially with physical exertion
o Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen and veins in the neck
o Fainting during physical activity
o Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
o Chest pain, especially after physical exertion or heavy meals
o Heart murmurs (unusual sounds associated with heartbeats)
To learn more please visit: goredforwomen.org