Quovardis was experiencing headaches, stress, swelling and fatigue. The busy working mom from Pickerington, Ohio, thought that every mother experienced these problems. But when she also started having heart palpitations – where her heart would speed up to the point where she was gasping for air – it became clear that something was seriously wrong. She decided to stop ignoring her symptoms and see a doctor.
Quovardis Gets a Wake-Up Call
Quovardis and her husband, Carlo, share the experience of hearing that she wouldn't live until the end of the year unless she got her condition under control.
Putting Everyone Else First
Quovardis and Carlo talk about how putting everyone else first and ignoring her symptoms caused Quovardis's health to deteriorate.
Carlo and Quovardis explain the debilitating effect Raynaud's disease had on Quovardis' heart.
A Life Transformed
Quovardis describes what her debilitating symptoms were like prior to seeing her cardiologist Dr. Laxmi Mehta, and how Ohio State's care transformed her life.
Advice to Moms
Quovardis and Carlo give advice to women about recognizing the symptoms of heart disease, and seeing a doctor if you experience them.
Finding the hidden problem was key "I thought I was a typical, stressed-out, overworked mom."
Treatment, medication, exercises and tough love "Dr. Mehta told me that I probably wouldn't live until the end of the year if I kept going the way I was going."
She's regained control of her health "Ohio State gave me back control of my life."
Why choose Ohio State for women's heart health?
Ohio State's Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is routinely recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a leader in cardiology and heart surgery. The success of our Heart and Vascular Center is due, in part, to the strong multidisciplinary teamwork and collaboration among our cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons, as well as our nurses, physician assistants and patient coordinators. This teamwork and our comprehensive evaluations ensure optimal care, and enable us to make the best choices for each patient.
At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we focus on three areas of women's heart health:
- Clinical services
You can set up an appointment with the Women's Cardiovascular Health Clinic via referral – either a self-referral or a physician-referral – held at Stoneridge in Dublin or at the Center for Women's Health. Depending on your health, you'll be:
- Evaluated for your risk of developing heart disease
- Assessed and treated for heart-related symptoms
- Treated for known heart disease conditions
If needed, you may undergo laboratory testing or diagnostic testing such as an echocardiogram, cardiac MRI or an exercise stress test for further evaluation. A unique aspect of care that we provide at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is the ability to assess for microvascular disease (MVD) utilizing cardiac MRI technology. MVD is a frequent cause of chest pain in women that is often underdiagnosed and undertreated.