Rare heart disease

It's rare. It comes on fast ... And it can kill you. Brenda Kapp exercised regularly, ate well, and hardly ever got sick. But one day…

Kapp says, "I had started just short of breath and wheezing."

She went to the doctor thinking it was asthma, not her heart. And certainly not giant cell myocarditis, a heart disease so rare doctors only see three to four cases a year. Several opinions later led Kapp to the Cleveland Clinic's ICU.

Dr. Maria Mountis, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic says, "We were starting to see its effect on her kidneys, on her liver. Everything was just not getting good blood flow."

They waited for six days until her balloon pump started to fail.

Kapp says, "I said to god you know what? This is my last day." Continue reading

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