Keri Kasaboski is a transposition of the great arteries survivor. She had a Mustard Procedure at 4 years of age and then no medical interventions until she was 42 years of age. Suffering from depression, Keri gained a lot of weight and was ultimately diagnosed with Stage 2 Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). She was told the reason for the diagnosis was high blood pressure, depression, and obesity and she was put on Lasix and Ramipril.
To Keri’s dismay, even after she started losing a modest amount of weight, her heart was having trouble and her doctor contacted her with concern regarding two episodes of ventricular tachycardia – which is rapid heartbeat and which is potentially life threatening – while Keri’s heart was at rest. Her doctor immediately put her on amiodarone, in addition to the other drugs she was taking and recommended a heart catheterization within a year. Her doctors felt her best course of action was an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or ICD. Keri disagreed.