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Kaiser Permanente Members Share Stories of Survival for February's Heart Health Month
Date:2/11/2013

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Firefighter Chris Aragon never thought he would be the one rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. But during his annual participation in Colorado's seven-day bicycle tour Ride the Rockies, chest pain and profuse sweating told him something was wrong. 

Rather than trying to ignore the pain, Chris went immediately to the hospital. The decision saved his life. Under the care of Kaiser Permanente cardiologist Dr. Chris Lang , Chris' imminent heart attack was avoided.

Thanks to his time spent in the care of Kaiser Permanente medical doctors, both Chris' health and intense exercise regimen have been restored. "[I'm] still really active, and it's like it never happened," he said. 

Chris made the safe choice and it saved his life. During February's Heart Health month, Kaiser Permanente's Care Stories blog showcases the stories of patients who have dealt with ominous heart symptoms, and the doctors who saved their lives.

February's stories include:

The past decade has been a trying one for San Diego resident Susan Mahler . After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2000, Susan took the first three years of her diagnosis in stride under the watchful eyes of Kaiser Permanente's heart specialists. But in 2003, her health took a turn for the worse. "I couldn't breathe," Susan remembers. "Everything I did took such effort to just breathe." 

During a successful heart surgery in 2003, Kaiser Permanente's doctors discovered the left half of her heart had atrophied. One week later, Susan was informed that she qualified for the heart transplant donor list.

For the next six years, Susan felt great. In the care of her San Diego-based doctors, she was put on n
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