Diane Burton

Woman With Heart Disease, Age 55, Ottawa, ON

My name is Diane Burton, I'm 55 years old and I have heart disease. I was not at risk of a heart attack; after all I was only 54 years old. My husband's father passed away at the age of 52 with a massive heart attack, so he was the one we worried about. Although my mother had a triple by-pass at 72, I was always told I wasn't at risk since my parents did not have heart related issue in their 50-60's.

I did take pills for cholesterol and had gained weight, but exercise became less of a priority because I always had so many other things to get done and I was always so tired. August 2012, I had pain in my arms and back - so I thought, it must have been something I did or lifted. I had indigestion; it must have been something I ate. I was so tired; I guess I've been working too hard. While at work, I started to have chest pains and I called my husband and told him I was going to the hospital. He wanted to pick me up but I insisted there was no need, as I am not that far, I can drive myself. Besides, a heart attack was the last thing I thought it was.

Thankfully I got to the hospital safely and when I told them my symptoms, they took me right away. After some tests, I was told that my enzyme levels where high. I wasn't sure what that meant. After doing tests, they discovered that I had 99% blockage and two stents where put in. When my husband informed family and friends they were as shocked with the news as I was.

Join me as I share with you some of my lessons learned and how I'm living heart disease now.


Diane's blog

Sep 1 2014


Should I be fearful, afraid of getting another heart attack – what can I do to make sure that does not happen. 

Sep 1 2014


Dois-je redouter une autre crise cardiaque? 

Jun 6 2014

Knowing what you can and cannot do

I was visiting friends in California recently and as we know most days are filled with beautiful sunny days which allows for a lot of various outdoor exercise options. My friends wanted to go hiking up this mountain, which sounded like a great idea. 

May 1 2014

Life Then, and Now

Its funny how we take things for granted and as we approach the “Golden Years” we hear about family and friends getting sick with various diseases, which we always thought was only an older person’s disease. 

Apr 1 2014

It will never happen to me

In hindsight I had signs and clues which in most cases we find excuses to ignore the signs or think it can’t happen to me.