Christine Courtelis was born with Ebstein’s Anomaly. She lived a relatively “normal” life from childhood through early adulthood. In her early thirties she had her first open heart surgery to repair her tricuspid valve and place a pacemaker. From 2012 – 2013 she had three additional heart surgeries to again repair her tricuspid valve, place a new, more robust pacemaker system, and deal with other complications.
During Christine’s recovery from 2012 – 2013 she decided to change the direction of her career (she had been working successfully in the corporate world) and pursued her certificate as a Nutrition Consultant. She also developed and launched “MyHeartApp” the free app for heart patients and their doctors.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Arts. She is also a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in working with clients who have heart disease.
Links Mentioned in our Show:
Mayo Clinic’s page about Ebstein’s Anomaly with very interesting videos by Dr. Joseph Dearani, cardiovascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY
Drugs.com – Ebstein’s Anomaly article by Dr. David Adams