Heart Disease Patient Leader #FollowFriday – May 11th, 2018

We’ve got heart eyes for days for these four heart disease Patient Leaders! For this week’s #FollowFriday, we’re featuring four fantastic people who are advocating to keep hearts everywhere healthy and happy. Through sharing their experiences with unexpected heart disease, they’re helping to educate and raise awareness to keep us all a little healthier!  Have a great weekend, everyone.


Greg Meritt

Heart Disease Patient Leader

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“I share my story because I have a chance at a second life after a sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack left me without a heartbeat for more than 30 minutes (watch my story here and here).  Following a 30-year career working with college students in residence halls, I decided and hoped that I could take those experiences and apply them in healthcare settings where I now find tremendous meaning and purpose in my life.  Though I have spent much of my time in the last 20 months advocating in cardiac rehab, I also care deeply about helping all areas of healthcare practice and research.  I would want everyone to know that there are always 2 experts in every healthcare interaction…. (the practitioner/researcher AND the patient/caregiver) and there is such incredible potential to authentically partner to improve health care.  If we can work together to authentically partner, I believe we will find incredible innovative ways to solve the many thorny problems that exist in today’s healthcare environment!  I’m an eternal optimist! :)”


Cynthia Brown

Heart Disease Patient Leader

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“I was diagnosed 15 years ago with heart disease, and found out very quickly that I did not know even one woman who was living with heart disease that I could talk to about it!  I was very scared, as there was no heart history in my family, let alone it being a woman, and all of those huge cardiac words being thrown at me, threw me for a loop.  I began researching any organizations that might be out there for women such as myself, for both support and information.  I learned quickly to advocate for myself, as who better than me to advocate for me, when I was being blown off time and time again with cardiologists stating that I was suffering from panic/anxiety attacks, or was hormonal.  I advocate on a national level, as heart disease is the number one killer of women, and I want to teach other women how to better advocate for themselves when it comes to their heart health…if I can save even one life, then all of my hard work will be worth it!”


 Mike Durbin

Heart Disease Patient Leader

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“I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in December 2008 at the age of 24.  I was also misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes at that time, when what I actually live with is a form of type 1 diabetes called LADA.  I began my blog, My Diabetic Heart, at first as a way to document and process what I was going through, and later continued to write in hopes that it would help someone else going through the same thing to not feel so alone.  Nearly 10 years later, I’m still sharing my story because it has touched and inspired people to strive to make the most of their health and live their life to the fullest.  Remember, a little heart can do big things.”




  Sarah Klena

Heart Disease Patient Leader

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“After having a heart attack at 31, my focus has become advocating for heart health and heart disease awareness, especially in young women. If I can have a heart attack without any warning signs or risk factors, then anyone can be at risk. Now I work with various organizations to bring awareness and advocacy to the cause.”



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