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Mitral valve prolapse is a heart condition in which one of the heart’s valves, the one separating the left side’s upper and lower chambers, does not close properly. This can, but does not always, cause mitral regurgitation, a scenario in which blood flows backward because the valve isn’t closing fully when the heart contracts.
Meet Pat Gibbs: heart attack survivor, activist, aspiring photographer, Lauren’s Hope customer, and all-around inspiring lady. This 63-year-old “Raging Granny” enjoys, “…singing at festivals and picket lines about environmental and social justice issues on my days off,” explains Pat. “When I am fully retired, I hope to be able to attend every Raging Granny gig. On the west coast of Canada here, that is almost a lifestyle choice for many retirees who are also activists. I also love to attend the film evenings put on by our local Cinema Politica group where activists meet to share and learn.”
The heart stent was introduced for treatment of coronary artery disease in 1986, and it has been used in the US since 1994. These expandable tubes are inserted into weak or narrow arteries in patients suffering from coronary heart disease.
Note from Jenna: This post is brought to you by a special customer of ours, Laura Haywood-Cory. Laura wears a medical alert bracelet due to heart disease and wanted to share her story with all of you. Please give a warm welcome to Laura!
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