This site is all about a Community and a Journey. Our Community is made up of people who:
- will undergo a heart procedure soon,
- want to avoid heart disease all together, and very importantly,
- are the loved ones and the caregivers of these individuals
One common thread that binds all the people in our Community is that we all want to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
Although I underwent an emergency quadruple bypass operation a year ago, I am by no means an expert in heart disease. I am an expert in my own recovery efforts – what worked and is working for me, and what didn’t work as well. Our Community is very large – an estimated 81 million adults in the United States have some sort of cardiovascular disease, and it is the number one killer of adults in the U.S. each year – more than cancer.
Each of those millions of people with cardiovascular disease have loved ones and caregivers that care deeply about them. They are a vitally important part of our Community and often times adopt the role of therapist, nurse, coach, and inspirational cheerleader.
…and a Journey
My journey began, as I know it has with other members of our Community, with a stress test at my cardiologist’s office, a quick trip to the emergency room and an open heart surgical procedure. A dear friend of mine listened to me discuss my symptoms and advised me to have a stress test. Taking his advice certainly saved my life – there is no doubt about it. I can only hope that the advice and knowledge that Community members get from this site can help you as much.
The journey continues one day at a time as I continue learn about our disease, its causes, effects, and the limitations it imposes on me.
What we strive to do here is provide meaningful and relevant advice to members of our Community. I am not a doctor and do not provide medical advice. If you have questions please seek answers from your doctor or medical advisor. We can, however, tell you what the medical community is saying about our disease and what the options are for recovering fully. I can also provide my personal insights as a member of our Community that is on the journey with you and is working to recover like everyone else.