At the tender age of 3, Hope Howard Parsley underwent open-heartsurgery to repair a congenital defect: a hole in her heart. The surgery was asuccess, and she lived a normal and energetic life.
I never attributed being tired to my heart.
More than four decades later, however, she constantly feltdrained and lethargic. But, she says, “I never attributed being tired to myheart.”
After a scary episode with a racing heartbeat and arm pain, Hope’slocal hospital sent her to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. There she met Pei-HsuiHuang, M.D., medical director of the Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Program.After some tests, “Dr.Huang explained that I had a repair that lasted 47 years and that at thispoint, it failed and needs to be replaced,” Hope says