April 06, 2017 0 comments

A Widow’s Broken Heart

Vicki and husband

Vicki Khor was pleasantly surprised to receive our latest newsletter detailing researchers at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research are leading the way in understanding a condition Vicki knows all too well…

A passionate donor of Australian Heart Research, Vicki’s world came crashing down as she suffered from Takostubo Cardiomyopathy (TTC), also known as ‘broken heart syndrome,’ after her loving husband of almost 40 years Ron, passed away suddenly of a heart attack.  He was only 76 years old.

“Ron’s passing was a complete shock and left me extremely fragile. The fact that he passed away at home made it even harder for me,” Vicki said.

“I didn’t know what was happening to me when I started suffering from heart palpitations and felt like I wanted to pass out. When the doctor diagnosed me with TTC, I was both relieved and grateful they could diagnose me and help me understand what was happening.  This was all possible thanks to medical research.”

Little was known about TTC when Vicki was diagnosed, but it is people like Vicki, who donate to Australian Heart Research, that are supporting medical research that lead to breakthroughs for these types of conditions.

Having a background in nursing, Vicki understands the importance in supporting medical research to improve the lives of so many Australians.

“Research has come so far since I was diagnosed with TTC and to read that researchers now have a better understanding and improved diagnosis of the condition truly proves how important medical research is,” Vicki said.

“Knowing that my support has contributed to this is such a great feeling.  Now when someone is diagnosed with TTC I know I have made an impact towards their improved care.”

After being diagnosed with TTC, Vicki suffered another setback, and was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a type of abnormal rhythm of the heart.

“I visit my doctor for regular check-ups and understand the importance of monitoring my heart as heart disease is also hereditary in my family.  I now have enough knowledge thanks to medical research to maintain my heart the best way I can,” Vicki said.

Vicki is a testament of the benefits of research into heart disease and the improved care researchers can provide with your support.  You have the power to contribute to medical research and help change the lives of so many Australian’s suffering from life-threatening heart conditions, thank you!

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