Faces of Cardiovascular Disease: Hearing from our Patients

February 11, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Announcements

You are invited to hear a panel of U-M patients tell their stories of treatment, recovery, and living with cardiovascular disease on Monday, Feb. 15.  This event is a must if you deal with patients!  Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the panel begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Stop by to hear these inspiring stories and get information on the UMHS Heart Walk effort:

  • Courtney Alexander is a University of Michigan graduate and former U-M field hockey player. At 33, Courtney went into cardiac arrest and had a heart attack; she was saved by her husband who began CPR and quick-acting police officers who had an AED in the back of their patrol car. Courtney was in great shape and had no family history of heart disease. She is a strong advocate for AEDs, and has raised money to put AEDs in all on-duty police cars in her town.
  • Doug George had his first heart attack at age 36, and had five bypasses. He experienced several more heart attacks and angioplasties over the years to open up the blockage. In the fall of 2007, Doug had another heart attack, and was told by his cardiologist that there was nothing they could do. He requested a transfer to the UMHS, where he received a heart transplant in February 2008.
  • Deidre C. Todd has been a UMHS employee for over 25 years. She was diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopathy in 2010, five months after giving birth to her son Alex. Deidre strives to educate others, especially women on recognizing symptoms not typically associated with heart conditions. She currently serves as co-chair of the UMHS/CVC Heart Walk Committees and on the event’s logistics committee.

Be ready to be inspired.  For more information on U-M’s Heart Walk inititive, visit here.  To support the effort and purchase a “U-M Heart Heroes” t-shirt, click here.