Working Hard With A Heart Condition

Life With A Heart Condition



The Mane attraction has thirty-five individually talented students,you see them dancing and having physical interactions. Karli Dedmon a Howe HS, Sophomore has a heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Her heart is a little different than most people hearts.The condition is very common and can affect anyone at any age,making the individuals heart muscle thicker than the average heart and which makes the heart a harder time to pump blood into the heart.

Karli not only has this heart condition, but the condition triggered an anxiety disorder. “It used to be, because I was so terrified all the time. It’s not so hard anymore though. My heart condition did trigger an anxiety disorder though, and that makes it pretty hard to do basic things.” Now she’s getting better,and choir has helped her along the way.

  “I’m definitely still working on overcoming it. I’ve just invested myself in things that I enjoy doing, and that’s helped a lot.”, Karli said, “Dealing with any health issue, whether it be physical or mental is such a difficult thing. I deal with both, and I know how much of a toll it takes on you. The only thing you can do is try your best to make the most of it. It will be hard, but you just have to push through.’’

  Karli had thought if she worked herself too hard, then it would make her heart worse. ”It [My heart condition] used to affect me a lot more than it does now, because I was always terrified of something happening. My doctors made it seem like I could literally die any second at first, but I’ve now come to the conclusion that it’s a lot more complicated than that.” Having this type of condition can be hard and you’ll never known what could happen. Karli had always thought if she danced too much, it would slowly be hurting her. “At first, it was the fact that I was told I’d die if I did even the slightest bit of physical activity. We do a lot of dancing, and I was always scared it was hurting me. Come to find out, it hasn’t hurt me at all.”