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Barbara Walters’ words on her heart surgery – and a warning for women

By Diane Porter
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From CNN News:

While it might seem strange that someone could have a malfunctioning heart valve and feel just fine, cardiologists say that's often the case.

"It's the type of thing you could have for a while and not even know it," said Dr. Sara Mobasseri, medical director of Women's Heart Services at the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Most of the time people come in with no symptoms or very subtle symptoms," said Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield, an interventional cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"By the time they start having serious symptoms, it can be pretty far advanced."
More than 5 million Americans have heart valve disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. Here is what it says about symptoms:

“Aortic valve stenosis ranges from mild to severe. Aortic valve stenosis symptoms typically develop when narrowing of the valve is severe and can include:

• Chest pain (angina) or tightness
• Feeling faint or fainting with exertion
• Shortness of breath, especially with exertion
• Fatigue, especially during times of increased activity
• Heart palpitations — sensations of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat
• Heart murmur

“The heart-weakening effects of aortic valve stenosis may lead to heart failure. Heart failure symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, and swollen ankles and feet.

“Aortic valve stenosis may not produce warning signs right away, making it difficult to detect at first. The condition is often discovered during a routine physical when a doctor hears an abnormal heart sound (heart murmur). This murmur may occur long before other signs and symptoms develop. “
Walters encourages women to be watchful.

"Many women don't go to a doctor and have their heart checked. Men tend to do it before because we think it's a man's thing, but it's a woman's thing, too," she said on The View.

"Women often minimize their symptoms. It's just part of their [modus operandi]," said Mobasseri. "They tend to send their husbands in to see the doctor but put themselves last."

The ABC News story:

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This is my prayer for you Barbara Walters, as given in The Holy Bible. ‘III Epistle of John vs. 2: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.’ Amen.

Suzanne McMillen-Fallon, Published Author
www.strategicbookpublishing.com/Mommy, would you like a sandwich?

May 16, 2010 - 3:51pm
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Good thing she didn't go to Johns Hopkins Cardiology: http://adventuresincardiology.com

May 13, 2010 - 10:46am
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Bishop Walter Dixon’s
Prayer Exclusively For Our Sister in Christ
Barbara Walters
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May 13, 2010 5:30 A.M.
My Dear Sister in Christ Barbara Walters,
I have been lead by the “Holy Spirit” to write this prayer on your behalf and I trust this prayer will bring you one step closer to “Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. (John 3:16, 17).

Therefore having been justified by faith, I have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also I have obtained my introduction by faith into this grace in which I stand; and I exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but I also exult in my tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within my heart through the Holy Spirit who was given to me (Romans 5:1-5).

I’m afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise me also with Jesus and will present my mind, body and most important, my soul with him.

Therefore I do not lose heart, but through my inner flesh is decaying yet my inner soul is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for me an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while I look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporally, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2.Corinthians 4:8,9,14 16-18).

As I lay this fragile body down for this surgery, may my Lord Jesus Christ be near me to defend me, within me to refresh me, around me to preserve me, before me to guide me, behind me to justify me, above me to bless me. I will lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost for all the remaining days of my life.

Our Father, be gracious to your child sister Barbara Walters, O God, according to Thy loving kindness and According to the greatness of Thy compassion. She asked for your help, Father she maybe perplexed and maybe afraid. God if it is your will give this child extended years while she is on earth through your “Grace”.
Bishop Walter Dixon
[link edited by EmpowHer moderator]
P.O. Box 832161
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Ps. I have posted a live video copy of this prayer in your honor on Google, Face Book, MySpace and Youtube.com.
Cc: ABC New and President Barack Obama

May 13, 2010 - 9:03am
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