Elizabeth Westfall needed heart surgery
for a mitral valve prolapse, and came to
Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute
After four kids, I thought feeling run down was normal. I never imagined having heart surgery at age 35.
I’d been diagnosed with mitral valve proplapse several years ago. Like lots of people with the same condition, I didn’t have any symptoms. When my breathing seemed heavier and I was more tired than usual, I didn’t even think about this problem.
But a regular checkup showed my heart was beginning to enlarge, which sometimes happens with mitral valve prolapse. I knew that wasn’t good.
Most places do open-heart procedures for what I needed. I was in disbelief. But then I learned that Johns Hopkins does minimally invasive valve repairs and replacements.
For me, it was easier than having a baby. I had a short hospital stay, and the only healing was a small cut under my breast.
Thanks to Hopkins, my heart isn’t slowing me down anymore.