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The damage done to my heart was irreversible and left me with about 25% ejection fraction working. I was placed on a machine for about 3 days to keep my artery open. When finally moved to a regular room and ready to be discharged I could only be released if I was wearing a machine called a life vest. This machine is an external defibrillator. The only way my cardiologist would let me remove the vest was if my ejection fraction reached around 35%. After 3 LONG months he was satisfied enough for it to come off. Since then, my husband and I were expecting our first baby - 5 months after my heart attack. None of my doctors were excited about this. The baby and I made it through the pregnancy just fine. When my son was 2 months old I was scheduled for a heart cath again. That is when we learned I was pregnant again. Needless to say this was very unexpected and the doctors even more upset this time. Again my second son and I made it through just fine (with the help of some amazing doctors). When my youngest was 5 months old I finally had my heart cath. I was pleased to find out there was no blockage but my ejection fraction was back down to 20-25%. My doctor scheduled me for an ICD placement. It has been 7 months since my surgery and I am still going strong. Recently I was asked to share my story with The American Heart Association for the Go Red for Women campaign. That is where the picture was taken."
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