The Heart Chamber

Boots Knighton

Join Boots Knighton every Tuesday a podcast on hope, inspiration and healing on The Heart Chamber: patient stories from open-heart surgery to recovery highlights patients' physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of open-heart surgery. Health care providers also come on the show to provide different perspectives for not only making healing process less daunting but also more than possible to living your best life better than before surgery. read less
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Finding Joy in Simplicity After Life-Changing Heart Surgery -39
4d ago
Finding Joy in Simplicity After Life-Changing Heart Surgery -39
In episode 39, Boots Knighton, with her signature blend of warmth and wisdom, opens up about life before and after the operating room. As Boots recounts the trials of her recovery, you'll find yourself drawn into a narrative filled with practical advice on managing post-surgery health and emotional well-being. From the surprising impact of diet to the tactics for coping with hospital stays, this episode is packed with insights. But it's not all serious – hear how Bob Ross's serene landscapes and the antics of woodland creatures brought unexpected joy to Boots's journey. Eager to learn how to turn a health crisis into a pivot point for a fuller life? Let Boots's story inspire you.The episode with Josh Dech can be found here: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/910773ce-49d2-45cf-a7fc-55a596725013email a screenshot your review to be entered to win a bag of coffee to boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comIf you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:06:09 Boots turned her hospital walks into a daily game.09:16 The importance of gut health and pooping.11:36 Excessive vomiting after surgery due to medication.17:03 What you choose to watch on TV is just as much a part of your diet as what you put in your body.19:26 Friend's unwavering support and nourishment mean everything.22:18 Watching animals brought comfort after heart surgery.26:14 Overcoming challenges can lead to extraordinary outcomes.30:06 Gratitude, love, hope, inspiration, healing, share, and please leave a review.Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open. How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
The Power of Positive Visualization for Healing from Heart Surgery -38
Feb 20 2024
The Power of Positive Visualization for Healing from Heart Surgery -38
Join Boots Knighton on The Heart Chamber Podcast, where she shares inspiring insights on overcoming fear and cultivating a positive mindset for healing. In this episode, Boots discusses the transformative power of visualization, drawing from personal experiences with heart surgery and injury recovery. Discover how athletes, alongside Boots, use mental imagery to gear up for success and how this technique can speed up healing. Boots' experience with a concussion during her time as a ski instructor and the challenge posed by a heart condition emphasizes resilience and positive thinking. Tune in for hope and advice on facing health hurdles with optimism, and share your stories with us. Don't forget to leave a review and spread the word!The teachers Boots references in the episode are:Dr. Joe DispenzaDr. Wayne DyerBelleruth NaparstekIf you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:06:11 How Boots overcame a devastating TBI, relearned how to ski and visualized skiing exam success, achieving a top score.07:49 Boots received a surprise award nomination, but then, heart surgery happened leading to an uncertain future in ski instruction. Nevertheless, she was proud of the moment and the visualization got her through the heart surgery.13:26 Visualizing health, positivity, and recovery before heart surgery.16:14 Focusing on positivity reduces stress for better health.20:10 When in doubt, seek a 2nd opinion, call a therapist, visualize a positive outcome for your situation.21:58 Boots briefly speaks about breaking her leg but remains optimistic.26:49 Now, she is visualizing strength, surgery, recovery.Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open. How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Accepting a Heart Diagnosis: Strategies for Processing, Healing, and Thriving Post-Surgery -37
Feb 13 2024
Accepting a Heart Diagnosis: Strategies for Processing, Healing, and Thriving Post-Surgery -37
In episode 37 of the Heart Chamber Podcast, host Boots Knighton shares her personal journey of being diagnosed with a heart condition. She discusses the challenges she faced and the strategies she used to cope, including seeking support from friends and professionals, undergoing therapies like EMDR, acupuncture, and reiki, and embracing the power of community. Despite the initial shock and medical gaslighting, Boots emphasizes the importance of emotional processing, seeking help, and accepting the situation with radical positivity. She highlights the impact of her heart journey and how it has transformed her perspective, even leading her to start the podcast and speak at TEDx. The episode resonates with those facing health challenges, offering hope and inspiration.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:04:56 Boots reflects on her head injury and the positive impact on her life through reframing. She compares the recovery to a deep soul excavation and finding forgotten items during spring cleaning.09:00 She shares her journey dealing with trauma and seeking professional support for coping and managing heart diagnoses.11:16 A heart diagnosis takes time, needs support.15:04 Accepting birth defects, overcoming grief, and sobriety journey.20:24 Boots is grateful for the support of various healthcare professionals and alternative healers during their health journey, and wishes she had a better understanding at the beginning. She recommends a podcast for others in similar situations.https://player.captivate.fm/episode/af6e5d74-4767-4519-b339-496a97814d87https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ad483bd7-269d-447a-918d-f8fac3aa8b7823:56 Embrace challenges, listen to your soul, and please share this podcast.25:38 Thanks for your time and support. Please subscribe, share, review, and provide feedback. Email me with your thoughts.Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open. How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
Cultivating Mental Resilience: Lessons from Waiting for Open Heart Surgery -36
Feb 6 2024
Cultivating Mental Resilience: Lessons from Waiting for Open Heart Surgery -36
Join Boots Knighton in a thought-provoking conversation about the transformative power of reframing life's challenges. In this episode, Boots shares her experiences of waiting for open heart surgery and how she navigated through fear, impatience, and finally, acceptance. Through her personal journey, she presents valuable insights on embracing difficulties as opportunities for personal growth, resilience, and healing. Through her openness and wisdom, she challenges listeners to shift their mindset from asking "why is this happening to me?" to "why is this happening for me?" Don't miss this inspiring episode that offers a fresh perspective on navigating life's obstacles with courage and grace.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:05:33 Boots shares how she endured months of fear before heart surgery, reflecting on wisdom gained.09:39 Reflecting on heart journey, shifting the victim mindset, and focusing on moving forward.13:41 Adopting a positive mindset can shift situations for the better. Gratitude and visualization can impact outcomes.15:56 Despite the challenges of heart surgery, Boots feels amazing, emphasizing the importance of attitude and life's lessons.Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Reflections: The Heart Chamber Podcast Celebrates One Year! & Life with a Rebuilt Heart -35
Jan 30 2024
Reflections: The Heart Chamber Podcast Celebrates One Year! & Life with a Rebuilt Heart -35
Embark on an unforgettable episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast as Boots Knighton shares her remarkable journey of overcoming adversity and finding resilience amidst life’s unexpected challenges. From her powerful recollection of breaking her leg in a skiing accident to her thought-provoking reflections on the impact of trauma on heart health, Boots delves into the depths of her personal experiences. Gain exclusive insights into the importance of mental health therapy post-surgery, the call for insurance coverage of alternative healing treatments, and the necessity for improved referrals for women in cardiac rehab. Join Boots on a poignant exploration of the vulnerabilities and triumphs woven throughout her recovery journey. As she looks towards the future, she invites you to join her for upcoming special episodes and encourages your support in keeping the podcast thriving. Tune in for an episode filled with gratitude, love, and a captivating invitation to join the vibrant and supportive Heart Chamber community.Watch Boots' TEDx Talk, Practicing Dying for Living at https://youtu.be/Rs0PSmzM3hc?si=pRJ-DyGXFg5oB9eeBoots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Fueling Heart Health: Empowering Nutrition Strategies for Lifelong Wellness -34
Jan 23 2024
Fueling Heart Health: Empowering Nutrition Strategies for Lifelong Wellness -34
In episode 34 of The Heart Chamber Podcast, nutrition expert Michelle Routhenstein shares valuable insights on heart health and nutrition. She emphasizes the importance of personalized care and finding qualified healthcare professionals, cautioning against one-size-fits-all diet trends. The discussion delves into the keto diet, ancestral diets, and the need for balanced macronutrients to support heart health. Host Boots Knighton praises Michelle's science-based approach to nutrition and highlights the importance of education in the medical field. Michelle's long-distance nutrition programs aim to address the root causes of heart disease through personalized, science-based nutrition. Listeners are encouraged to be proactive in their healthcare and ask questions, emphasizing the need for individualized nutrition approaches.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:06:08 Dietitian focuses on heart health and prevention.10:35 Emphasis on teamwork in patient care. Doctors lacking nutrition knowledge, refer patients to nutritionists. 14:37 Impact of stress on health; the importance of self-care for overall well-being; the need to choose the right medical professionals.19:24 Avoiding one-size-fits-all diets. Emphasis on personalized, sustainable approach to diet for heart health. 21:16 Rethinking past advice.25:18 Low carb diets may lead to heart issues and nutrient deficiencies.27:28 Low carb diets lead to ketosis, but may stress kidneys, liver, and cause health issues like keto flu.32:22 Adequate nutrition is crucial for athletes' health and performance, as improper balance of macronutrients can lead to increased free radical production and plaque formation in arteries. It is important to question and understand the biological mechanisms behind nutritional claims.35:58 Group and 1 on 1 support for heart health with personalized guidance, blood work focus, resources, and accountability.39:26 Be your own health advocate. Understand your numbers, ask questions, and take care of your heart.40:29 Encourages reaching out to Michelle for heart health tips and joining her group. Airing weekly heart health episodes in February.A Little More About Today's GuestMichelle Routhenstein, MS, RD, CDCES, CDN, serves as the owner and president of Entirely Nourished LLC, a specialized private practice in nutrition counseling and consulting focused on the prevention and management of heart disease. Employing a science-based, holistic approach, she is dedicated to enhancing individual's heart health by addressing cardiometabolic risk factors and mitigating the likelihood of cardiovascular issues as individuals age.Acknowledged as a thought leader and expert in heart disease management and prevention, Michelle is deeply committed to educating individuals on nurturing their hearts for healthy and thriving lives. She adopts a dynamic perspective on nutrition that addresses the root causes of chronic diseases, safeguarding individuals' hearts for longevity. Her passion lies in translating Nutritional Sciences into an easily understandable language that can be applied for the long term. Michelle has a compelling presence on social media, particularly on Instagram (Heart.Health.Nutritionist) and LinkedIn (/in/michellerouthenstein/), where she shares valuable information to educate and empower her followers to take ownership of their heart and overall health, guiding them in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease through nutrition and lifestyle changes.As the author of "The Truly Easy Heart Healthy Cookbook" and a member of the Forbes Health advisory board, Michelle has...
Breaking Free from a Broken Healthcare System for Holistic Health -33
Jan 16 2024
Breaking Free from a Broken Healthcare System for Holistic Health -33
Dive deep into the hidden links between chronic illness, sensitivity to our modern world, and the transformative power of nature in this profound episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast. Our guest, Amy Stein, brings over 15 years of navigating the healing journey, combining her intimate knowledge of plants, energy medicine, and breath work. Join host Boots Knighton as they uncover the pitfalls of the medical system and explore the power of intuition and plant medicine as allies in the quest for health. Amy shares tantalizing insights into how parts work and interfamily systems can lead to a holistic approach to wellness that reveres self-care and personal evolution. If you've ever felt unheard by conventional medicine, this conversation is an essential balm for the soul.A Little More About Today's GuestAmy Stein works with women who carry highly sensitive traits and assists them with reconnecting to their bodies' innate intelligence using Mother Nature as a guide. She finds that when we awaken to our inner light and wisdom, we can sync the mind with the body and spirit. Amy combines the “power of the plants” with energy medicine techniques and breathwork to allow women to live in harmony in their bodies and environments. She was reminding them that they get to choose what is best for their life. Amy does this by teaching how to reawaken our intuition as true healing only occurs when we address the whole package. Her approach uses the “power of the plants”, mindfulness, and breath to assist you in transforming into who you are meant to be. Her coaching calls are called Mind-Body-Spirit-Breath Sessions.Amy is offering a free gift. You can find it here:  https://mindbodyspiritbreath.ck.page/freebreathHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Overcoming Misdiagnosis: Robyn Peacock's Path to Advocacy and Post-Surgery Empowerment -32
Jan 9 2024
Overcoming Misdiagnosis: Robyn Peacock's Path to Advocacy and Post-Surgery Empowerment -32
In this episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, host Boots Knighton interviews guest Robyn Peacock about her journey with a bicuspid aortic valve, misdiagnoses, and ultimate recovery from open heart surgery. Robyn emphasizes the importance of self-advocacy, proactive healthcare, and trusting one's instincts when it comes to medical concerns. The discussion sheds light on the emotional and mental aspects of heart surgery recovery, with a focus on managing emotions and seeking support. Robyn's story highlights the significance of listening to one's body and pursuing a second opinion when needed. The episode concludes with Boots encouraging audience feedback and interaction with the podcast.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:06:31 Mild fatigue and memory issues in mid-forties.12:47 Misdiagnoses, missed diagnoses caused much stress.16:32 Recurrent ER visits for undiagnosed subacute strep infection.20:14 Urgent hospital visit due to low hemoglobin.21:04 Admitted, tested, discharged, no internal bleeding found.25:30 Excited for new chapter in life journey.30:28 Rebirth after open heart surgery, depression shock.31:16 Grateful for surgery experience, advice on processing.36:39 Balance emotions, trauma, and self-regulation awareness.39:22 Navigating medical system with grace and self-advocacy.A Little More About Today's GuestAlways a Southern California girl, Robyn loves all things water and tennis! She lives in Palos Verdes with her husband and two very cute mini-poodles, Hallie and Hazel. Her two boys, Albert & Chancellor, are recent college graduates and out exploring the world. During weekends you can find her in the Naples Canals in Long Beach paddle boarding, or riding bikes around the South Bay. She is beyond grateful for her second "heart start"!How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
After Heart Surgery: Fat Burning, Hormonal Reset, and Emotional Healing -31
Jan 2 2024
After Heart Surgery: Fat Burning, Hormonal Reset, and Emotional Healing -31
In this thought-provoking episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, Boots Knighton and Dr. Cody Golman explore the misconceptions surrounding aging, weight gain, and emotional healing. Unveiling the truth about sugar's impact on the body, they delve into the addictive nature of sugar. Dr. Golman reveals his 4 secrets to healthy weight loss, shedding light on the emotional aspects of weight management and the importance of addressing mental health. This captivating conversation also touches on the transformative impact of love and connection on holistic health. If you're ready to challenge traditional health narratives and embrace a holistic approach to emotional and physical well-being, this episode is a must-listen!If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:00:00 Host Boots Knighton reflects on heart surgery and weight gain, highlights advice from Dr. Cody Golman.03:56 Inexplicable health issues resolved by chiropractic adjustment.08:17 List of questions from Dr. Cody for health care providers to ask. Advocacy for self-care.11:54 Former athlete discovers heart defects, copes with shock and emotions.15:34 Experiencing weight gain due to mold exposure, sought help from naturopath.16:27 Cardiologist dismisses biotoxin illness, pursuing alternative healing. Inquire about weight loss approach and book.21:53 The text refers to a book titled "Sugar Blues" by William Duffy and recommends reading it due to its valuable information from real patient experiences.23:02 Dieting won't reverse hormonal change to become a sugar burner, caused by sugar intake.29:16 People in other cultures live long healthy lives. Age doesn't determine energy or weight. Hormone reset involves removing sugar and alcohol for 40 days.30:14 Patients report benefits of fat burning over sugar burning for health, including cancer prevention.35:12 Sugar activates dopamine, providing pleasure and avoiding emotional pain.36:08 Change relationships, jobs to escape, avoid pain, sugar for dopamine, weight loss brings up issues, women take better care.41:32 Embracing darkness, helping others, and promoting coffee enemas for health.44:20 The text discusses rewiring emotions and the link between emotions and illness.A Little More About Today's GuestAt the age of 19, Dr. Golman was a tank commander in the Army. After experiencing severe illness and injuries, he discovered natural ways to regain his health. At 25 years old, he established one of Denver's largest healing centers. Since then Dr. Golman has now taken his expertise to a virtual weight loss company combining natural health methods with uplifting psychological principles. His latest venture, the 4 Secrets To Weight Loss book, has helped countless individuals shed unwanted fat without resorting to drugs or surgeries.Driven by a deep desire to inspire and empower others, Dr. Golman is on a mission to help people unlock their full potential, starting with their health. His goal is to ignite as many individuals as possible to live life to the fullest.How to connect with Dr. GolmanWebsite: https://www.fast40weightloss.com/How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or
Open Heart Surgery Rehab Requires Physical Therapy & Mental Health Supports (5)
Dec 26 2023
Open Heart Surgery Rehab Requires Physical Therapy & Mental Health Supports (5)
In this episode of "The Heart Chamber" podcast, host Boots Knighton and physical therapist Cassie Fuller discuss the importance of listening to our bodies and recognizing subtle signals for overall well-being. The conversation highlights the impact of open heart surgery and the care needed for cardiac athletes, emphasizing the importance of mental health in the healing process. Together, Boots and Cassie explore the challenges of reconciling an active lifestyle with the need for healing, and how to tune in to the body's signals to avoid overexertion. Don't miss this compelling discussion on the critical need for a holistic approach to healing and the transformative power of embracing both our physical and emotional well-being. The discussion underscores the need to consider factors beyond physical stress in the healing process and reminds us to be attentive to our body's signals for optimal health.You can find Cassie Fuller at https://www.kilterpt.com/ or email her at cassie@peakptjackson.comHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Boots' Open Heart Journey from Climbing Mountains to Finding Ways to Forgive
Dec 19 2023
Boots' Open Heart Journey from Climbing Mountains to Finding Ways to Forgive
In this emotionally charged episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, host Boots Knighton takes listeners on a raw and powerful journey through her harrowing experiences with open heart surgery and her complicated recovery. From the life-threatening health journey of her mother overlapping her own diagnosis, to the challenges in receiving the life saving surgery she needed, to unexpected complications post-surgery --Boots shares her deeply personal struggles and the transformative power of forgiveness that bubbled up through it all. Join her as she delves into the profound impact of chronic pain, emotional turmoil, and the crucial role of self-love, patience, and accepting support as you navigate the healing process. Prepare to be moved as Boots opens up to us to discuss the uncharted territory of these major life changes and what helped her navigate through it all. If you're seeking a story of resilience, forgiveness, and the triumph of the human spirit, don't miss out on this gripping episode.This is a re-release of episodes 1 & 2 of The Heart Chamber podcast that have been combined into a single episode for ease of listening.Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open. How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Reimagining Healthcare: Gut Health's Crucial Role in Surgery Recovery -28
Dec 12 2023
Reimagining Healthcare: Gut Health's Crucial Role in Surgery Recovery -28
Buckle up for a thought-provoking exploration of the often overlooked relationship between gut health and overall well-being in this episode featuring Boots Knighton and Josh Dech. Join the conversation as they reveal the astonishing impact of gut bacteria on genetic function, immunity, and even behavior. Delve into the essential role of gut health in post-surgery recovery and uncover insightful strategies for priming the body's detox pathways to optimize healing. From the potential risks of DIY interventions to the influence of pharmaceutical companies on healthcare, this episode offers a fresh perspective on the complexities of the medical system and the pressing need for a more holistic approach to patient care. Prepare to be inspired to take charge of your health and explore the transformative power of nurturing your gut.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:05:54 Healing body through correcting internal dysfunctions.07:21 Choosing integrity over broken industry norms takes courage.16:08 Good bacteria crucial for baby's development, study shows.22:23 Overcoming health challenges and post-surgery detox.25:37 Manage medications, gut health crucial for detoxing.30:39 Profit-driven healthcare system prioritizes medications over health.35:43 Start slow, eat bone broth, stimulate digestion.37:14 Liver primed for detox, aiding anesthesia recovery.42:11 Gut bacteria can reverse gut diseases cautiously.45:19 Lab authorization for gut analysis led by practitioner.50:10 Pharma dominance replaced herbs in medicine history.A Little More About Today's GuestJosh Dech is an ex-paramedic, holistic nutritionist, and medical lecturer, specializing in digestive diseases. He is a medical lecturer for the Priority Health Academy, and founder of The Gut Health Solution.How to connect with JoshWebsite: https://gutsolution.ca/Podcast: ReversABLE PodcastHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Natural Heart Doctor: Dr. Jack Wolfson's Quest for Holistic Cardiovascular Wellness -27
Dec 5 2023
Natural Heart Doctor: Dr. Jack Wolfson's Quest for Holistic Cardiovascular Wellness -27
In this episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, Boots Knighton interviews Dr. Jack Wolfson, a renowned cardiologist focused on finding the root causes of health issues. They discuss the importance of eating well, living well, and thinking well to enhance heart health. Dr. Jack emphasizes the need to remove chemicals from food, eat organic, gluten-free, and nutrient-dense meals. He also recommends holistic practices like chiropractic care and holistic dentistry. The conversation touches on the importance of quality sleep, physical activity, and avoiding toxins. Dr. Jack discusses the interconnectedness of the medical and insurance industries, urging individuals to invest in their health and support holistic healthcare providers. They conclude by highlighting the value of community support and prioritizing healthy food choices.Excited and interested in some of the products that Dr. Jack mentions? From Cardiology Coffee to Liver/Heart Bison Complex or Cardio Multivitamins- there are lots of options that can be supportive of your health and you are able to search by your specific health needs. Best of all Dr. Jack has offered an affiliate link to The Heart Chamber podcast - so any purchases you make through this link - https://shop.naturalheartdoctor.com#theheartchamber give a little bit back to the cost to produce this podcast and help make these episodes possible. If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:07:41 Understanding the why and root causes.09:18 Focus on importance of well-rounded healthy lifestyle.14:02 How to utilize the health benefits of coffee- while still looking out for your heart.16:50 Importance of Live Well: Sleep and disrupted sleep patterns.18:57 Importance of chiropractic care and holistic dentistry - avoiding toxins.20:46 Chiropractic: benefits, neurologic flow, nervous system23:23 The challenges of our current medical system how pharma and insurance intertwine.30:17 Congenital heart disease the differences between detection and prevention.35:27 Diet & challenging are excuses.40:21 Optimize health using remote testing and virtual care.A Little More About Today's GuestDr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, best-selling author, husband and father, and the nation’s #1 natural heart doctor. For over two decades, more than a million people have experienced the transformational power of his courses and events on Natural Heart Health. He is named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. His book, The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health, was an Amazon #1 best seller. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by media outlets across the United States including NBC, CNN and the Washington Post. How to connect with Dr. JackWebsite: https://naturalheartdoctor.com/ & https://shop.naturalheartdoctor.com#theheartchamber How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or
No Shame in Scars: Open Heart Surgery for a Double Chambered Right Ventricle -26
Nov 28 2023
No Shame in Scars: Open Heart Surgery for a Double Chambered Right Ventricle -26
In episode 26 of The Heart Chamber Podcast, host Boots Knighton invites guest Jacque Avalon, a nurse, to share her inspiring story of thriving post open heart surgery. Jacque's journey began when she went to the emergency room with chest pain, which turned out to be a rare condition called double chambered right ventricle. It took some advocacy and prompting from Jacque's primary care physician for a full work to be completed. This led to the discovery of her Double Chambered Right Ventricle, and other structural challenges with her heart. Jacque underwent open heart surgery and was surprised by a few things along the way. She took these struggles in stride. You'll be thrilled to learn the impressive feat she accomplished a year after open heart surgery. It was something she dared not attempt pre-surgery, and was able to do once her heart was repaired. Its a testament to the fact that it's possible to aim even higher when congenital heart constraints have been resolved..Jacque's story emphasizes the importance of perseverance and resilience after undergoing major heart surgery. There were intense moments on her path, when things were incredibly challenging, but there was also another side. Listen to the full episode of The Heart Chamber to hear her incredible journey.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:[06:20] Stressors were taking a toll. And the chest pain wasn't going away.[11:25] Results from the TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram): Rare adult condition: DCRV, VSD, PFO.[15:44] Preparing for Open Heart Surgery- who will make your health decisions if you can't? [22:43] Anesthesia slows blood circulation. Your options to prevent blood clots.[26:44] Unbearable pain, unforgettable feeling.[35:35] Value of attending Women Heart and the reflections it brought to the surface.[36:17] Coming to terms with the changes - a physical scar in a day and at an age with such an emphasis on appearances.[41:29] Advice to others facing open heart surgery.Links mentioned in this episodeWomen Heart - www.womenheart.orgSmidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in LA - www.cedars-sinai.org/programs/heart.htmlA Little More About Today's GuestJacque Avalon is a 31-year-old registered nurse based in Los Angeles CA. She was born with a congenital heart disease that was left untreated until September 2020. She had open heart surgery at the age of 28 after finding out that she had a rare congenital heart defect among adults called DCRV (double-chambered right ventricle).How to connect with JacqueInstagram: @apple.jacqsHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
From Pediatric to Adult Care: Navigating Life with a Complex Heart Condition -25
Nov 21 2023
From Pediatric to Adult Care: Navigating Life with a Complex Heart Condition -25
This episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast will leave you feeling inspired and empowered. Join host Boots Knighton as she welcomes Leigh Kamping-Carder, the brilliant mind behind The Heart Dialogues, to delve into the realities of living with a complex heart defect. Discover Leigh's remarkable journey from childhood surgeries to navigating the uncharted waters of adult care. Explore the challenges faced by heart patients in accessing resources and representation, and hear firsthand how Leigh and Boots are making a difference. Through heart-wrenching stories and valuable advice, Leigh sheds light on the emotional toll of her condition, while offering hope and support to others facing similar battles. So grab your headphones and get ready for an episode that will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the power of the human spirit.A Little More About Today's GuestLeigh Kamping-Carder is the writer of The Heart Dialogues, a free newsletter featuring candid conversations and writing for people born with heart conditions (and the people who care about them). She was born with a complex heart defect called tricuspid atresia and had three heart surgeries before the age of 4, including a Fontan operation. She is also a professional journalist, currently heading up the newsletters team at one of the top newspapers in the U.S. She has been a reporter, editor and digital journalist for a decade and a half, covering everything from luxury homes to innovation to arts and culture. How to connect with LeighNewsletter: theheartdialogues.substack.comTwitter: @Leigh_KCHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Complications and Second Chances: Navigating Unexpected Hurdles in Heart Surgery -24
Nov 14 2023
Complications and Second Chances: Navigating Unexpected Hurdles in Heart Surgery -24
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 GuestSherri 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 SherriWebsite: www.womenheart.orgHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Chess Moves for a Healthy Heart: Thinking Ahead and Finding Balance in Life -23
Nov 7 2023
Chess Moves for a Healthy Heart: Thinking Ahead and Finding Balance in Life -23
In this episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, host Boots Knighton sits down with the insightful Julian Hayes for an engaging conversation that will encourage you to explore the power of the mind in healing. Join Boots and Julian as they explore the importance of mindset, visualization, and positive thinking in healing. They also discuss the impact of impulsive behavior on overall health and the importance of optimizing one's well-being, rather than simply maintaining it. Julian's personal experiences and unique perspective will leave you inspired to create your own path and challenge the status quo in pursuit of a fulfilling life. Tune in to this episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, where unconventional wisdom meets the beating heart of medicine.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:[05:32] Having a clear goal improves precision and effectiveness.[08:20] Ignoring reality, embracing inner strength.[10:09] Focus on the good, ignore fear and anxiety.[13:38] Team members have different roles but all are important.[15:57] Sleep affects weight; eat healthy, rest well.[16:56] Impulsive, anxious behavior strains the heart indirectly.[22:16] Align screen with sun, get sunlight, sleep consistently.[25:43] Foundational tools make a huge difference.[26:35] Stay sane. Help sleep. Enjoy life. Maximize.[29:46] Achieve balance, take control of your health.[35:30] Prioritize your microflora, follow anti-inflammatory diet. Love your body post-heart surgery/procedure.[38.17] Long-term thinking beats negativity and stress.[40:06] Heart surgery transformed my life. Be amazed.A Little More About Today's GuestJulian Hayes II is an author, hybrid athlete, and the founder of Executive Health. His boutique concierge helps forward-thinking CEOs, executives, and other high-achieving individuals live longer, live better, and live stronger by leveraging their unique biodata, data-driven analytics, and personalized programming.He's also the host of Executive Health & Life. Lastly, he's had 300+ articles published in Inc., Entrepreneur, SUCCESS, Chief Executive, & many more.How to connect with JulianWebsite: executivehealth.ioLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/julianhayesiiHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Silent Danger: Cody's Aortic Aneurysm and the Importance of Heart Health in Athletics -22
Oct 31 2023
Silent Danger: Cody's Aortic Aneurysm and the Importance of Heart Health in Athletics -22
In this episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, guest Cody McKay shares his journey with an ascending aortic aneurysm and how it impacted his life as a young athlete. He discusses the importance of considering cardiac health and the effects it can have on sports and overall well-being. Cody highlights the need for awareness and support for individuals dealing with heart conditions, emphasizing that age and athleticism are not exempt from such issues. He is also an advocate for heart-healthy living and the importance of educating oneself on baseline measurements like blood pressure. Cody's inspiring story serves as a reminder that even with a diagnosis, one can still live a full life and pursue their dreams. Plus, he sheds light on his efforts to raise awareness and support for Project Heart.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:[03:50] At 29, chest X-ray found heart abnormality.[06:10] Shortness of breath, frustration, tests, aortic aneurysm.[10:46] CT confirms ascending aortic aneurysm.[15:21] Managing an aneurysm, achieving biking milestones.[16:24] Living with medically managed aneurysm, still active.[19:36] Different situations, years of sport training. Heart rate, intensity, energy systems, max threshold. Ceiling of 140-150 for comfort.[23:24] Cody's outlook - possible reduced quality of life, chance of failure. Good odds currently. Long-lasting valve, no need to replace. Simplified procedure for aortic aneurysm.[26:17] Wheelchair to walking: Cody's journey after surgery.[36:31] Project Heart and paying it forward.A Little More About Today's GuestCody McKay is a 32-year-old male who is a policy analyst by day, and competitive-elite cyclist at all other times. Following his ascending aortic aneurysm diagnosis, subsequent open heart surgery, and now return to sport, he is riding and racing to raise awareness about heart & cardiovascular disease, prove that individuals who have been impacted by these diseases can achieve great things, and raise funds for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada's largest cardiac centre.How to connect with CodyInstagram: @cardiac_codyHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
The Heartbeat of Compassion: A Nurse's Account of Open-Heart Surgery Care -21
Oct 24 2023
The Heartbeat of Compassion: A Nurse's Account of Open-Heart Surgery Care -21
Welcome back to another episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, where we delve into the intricate world of cardiac care and the experiences of those who work tirelessly in this field. In today's special episode, we have the privilege of sitting down with Christine Boev, a healthcare provider, mother, sister, daughter, and ICU nurse with a wealth of experience. As we embark on this insightful conversation, Christine shares her journey through the realms of nursing, from her early days as a novice nurse to her current role as the chair of an undergraduate nursing program. We'll also delve into the intense and emotional world of pediatric ICU nursing and the ethical dilemmas that arise when making life or death decisions. Get ready to expand your knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for the dedicated professionals who navigate the complexities of the heart. So sit back, relax, and join us as we enter The Heart Chamber.If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:[04:01] Healthcare provider and mom shares nursing knowledge.[06:28] What is the role of an ICU nurse?[15:42] Why do you have so many wires after surgery?[21:55] Multiple potential complications can occur during surgery.[25:34] Care for babies to adulthood, including surgeries.[26:52] Nursing children and supporting terrified parents.[31:11] Transplant patients depend on worst days.[39:17] ICU needs frequent monitoring for patient safety.[41:44] Saving everyone, including those with no quality of life, is an ethical dilemma for care providersA Little More About Today's GuestDr. Christine Boev is an ICU nurse and professor of nursing with extensive training and research in anti-aging, health, fitness, and wellness. She is a health coach who works with clients to become the best version of themselves. By precisely calculating macro-nutrients related to their overall goals, Dr. Boev works one-on-one with clients to achieve optimal health outcomes. She has particular expertise in nutrition, supplementation strategies, and strength training. In addition, Dr. Boev is a devout Yogi who believes that mobility is the key to health, especially as we age. How to connect with Dr. BoevInstagram: @drchristineboevHow to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.comInstagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knightonLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knightonIf you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
Introduction to The Heart Chamber -Hope, Inspiration, and Healing. Conversations on Open Heart Surgery.
Oct 11 2023
Introduction to The Heart Chamber -Hope, Inspiration, and Healing. Conversations on Open Heart Surgery.
Are you, or someone you love, looking at the possibility of open heart surgery? Join Boots Knighton, an educator, athlete, and heart patient, on her podcast, The Heart Chamber. With a surprise diagnosis and subsequent surgery at 42, Boots knows firsthand the challenges and fears that come with facing this procedure. In The Heart Chamber, she shares insightful conversations, reflective interviews, helpful resources and inspiration for heart patients, caregivers, and health care providers. Discover how to prepare for and thrive after open heart surgery as Boots shares conversations on hope, healing, and overcoming obstacles. Don't miss a single episode of The Heart Chamber for valuable insights and encouraging stories. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.