Complications and Second Chances: Navigating Unexpected Hurdles in Heart Surgery -24

The Heart Chamber

Nov 14 2023 • 36 mins

From a life-altering heart attack to a misplaced bypass graft, embark on a rollercoaster ride of resilience and self-discovery with Sherri Hansen. Sherri walks us through her heart attack diagnosis and subsequent open-heart surgeries. This story is important and is a reason why we all need to be our own best advocates.

If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:

[04:14] Experienced chest pain but didn't seek help.

[07:48] Had issues with pain medication, received Ketamine treatment in ICU, lacked proper rehabilitation after discharge.

[11:59] Surgery mishap, vein instead of artery. Redoing bypass.

[13:25] Sherri received good advice, adjusted her perspective, and advocated for herself.

[15:51] Bright Spots - Nurse helped with wound care; puppy visit boosted spirits.

[17:15] Bridge misdiagnosis, life-threatening blockages, and complications.

[27:45] The importance of having a Caring Bridge & a Strong Network

[32:40] The Effects of Societal Pressure, especially as a woman

[33:55] Be your own advocate, ask for help.

A Little More About Today's Guest

Sherri Hansen is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Madison, WI in 1996 to work at the University of Wisconsin. She is a psychiatrist and has been in private practice for the past 23 years. She is also a musician and when not working or attending doctor appointments, sings in several community choirs, plays piano, and writes church music. She loves hiking and biking, knitting, reading, and gardening.

How to connect with Sherri

Website: www.womenheart.org

How to connect with Boots

The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com

Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton

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