Women Living With Heart Disease Taking Warning Message To Others


Anne Stockton is a 38 year old heart disease survivor.

"I don't want another woman to go through what I did questioning myself, wondering if I should question my doctor,” says Stockton.

Questions she had about her episodes of racing heartbeat and dizzy spells. Doctors diagnosed anxiety and prescribed anti-depressants, but Anne says she knew it something else.

"They would go from once every other month to about once a month and they would last, it felt like a minute but maybe it was 15 seconds."

Finally last April, Anne says she was just five minutes into a cardio workout when it felt like a light switch flipped and her heart was off and racing, up to 250 beats per minute.  She took herself to urgent care, but from there, she was quickly rushed to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

It was supraventricular tachycardia - a condition cardiologist Martha Gulati says causes the top part of the heart to have a rhythm that takes off and goes very fast

"Basically if you don't have that problem usually your heart just beats at a normal rate but because she has the problem it tells the heart to beat excessively fast for no apparent reason,” said Dr. Martha Gulati.

Stockton is now symptom free after a procedure called cardiac ablation.

"They basically go in and try to burn that area - zap that area and stop it from recurring,” said Dr. Gulati.

Doctors believe what happened to Anne happens all too often to other women and nominated her to "women Heart"-- the only patient-centered advocacy organization for women living with or at risk for heart disease.  

"We have been given a whole new perspective on our own health this year,” added Stockon. "I'm a wife, a mother, a daughter, I'm an aunt-- I have many roles that I play and I want to be here for that."