As a young mother, Nikia never knew heart disease could change her life.

After her third son was born, Nikia left the hospital full of optimism for her growing family. Days later, shortness of breath and chest pain stopped her in her tracks.

Nikia

Nikia's Story

The doctors at Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital diagnosed Nikia with spontaneous coronary artery dissection – a heart condition so rare her physicians had never seen a patient with it. Nevertheless, Nikia's heart care team had the expertise to repair her heart before it was too late.

"With three rambunctious sons and a busy work schedule, heart health was never at the top of my mind," Nikia says. "This put everything into perspective. Now, my husband and I are looking forward to all the possibilities the future holds for our family. I’m even improving my heart health by participating in Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital Wellness Series to honor all the doctors and nurses who took care of me."

Your support will allow Ohio State to remain one of the best heart care and research centers in the country. It will also give thousands of people like Nikia a second chance at life.

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