Pregnancy and Heart Disease Didn't Stop Me

Heart patient Summer Lunsway.

Cardiovascular disease, America's No. 1 killer, has no respect for age or gender.

Summer Lunsway was expecting her first child when she discovered that the heart defect she was born with was potentially life threatening. As a patient at The University of Kansas Health System, she benefited from the expertise of specialists in 2 special programs: the pregnancy and heart disease clinic and the adult congenital heart disease program.

Her medical team determined the best course of action, then performed a new nonsurgical procedure to repair the hole in her heart.

Now the mother of a healthy baby girl, this middle-school teacher finds plenty of uses for her increased levels of energy.

"I have so much more energy now. I didn't realize I could feel this much better," she says.

I have so much more energy now. I didn’t realize I could feel this much better. – Summer Lunsway

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