Finding the hidden problem was key
Quovardis went to see her primary care physician, who initially told her to start dieting and exercising, and prescribed anxiety medication for stress. Quovardis took her doctor's advice, but she was so out of breath and fatigued that she struggled to complete even five minutes on the treadmill. When the medication didn't help at all, Quovardis and her doctor began a long, extensive round of testing to pinpoint the source of her disabling symptoms.
When multiple tests failed to uncover the source of her problem, and her health continued to decline, Quovardis's boss urged her to get a second opinion at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – home to the largest group of female-heart specialists in central Ohio. Quovardis made an appointment at the Women's Cardiovascular Health Clinic.
When Dr. Laxmi Mehta met with Quovardis, she knew something else had to be going on with her and was determined to find the cause of what others had missed. She decided to target the atypical features of Quovardis's symptoms, not getting distracted by the obvious risk factors, such as excessive weight or anxiety. What she found was a hidden health problem that was destroying Quovardis's heart.