Judy, a 65-year-old African American woman is at a cafe with her friend Shayla. Her friend Shayla has been worried for her health since the day Judy had her heart attack. Shayla knows that Judy is overweight and suffers from type 2 diabetes which increases her risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as congestive heart failure.
Throughout the conversation, Shayla has noticed that Judy has not been eating and has been coughing constantly. She has also noticed Judy has quickened her breathe and looks fatigued. Judy has also told Shayla that she feels a sharp pain in her chest. Shayla worries and decides to take Judy to the hospital.
At the hospital, Shayla explains to the nurse the symptoms Judy has been having and the nurse immediately realizes, Judy is having a congestive heart failure. The nurse rushes Judy to a room to get treated by a doctor.
Her condition worsened while waiting for the doctor and she had heart failure. She was rushed to the surgery room to have a coronary artery bypass surgery performed. Doctor Stevens informs Shayla of the surgery. He tells her that the surgery restored blood flow to her heart by using a healthy artery or vein to bypass a blocked artery and Judy will be able to go home soon.
Judy was discharged a few days later, and her heart failure was treated with a surgery. Other ways of treatment Judy was given by the doctor to recover was to take care of herself, medications, preventatives, and seeing her specialists to keep her heart healthy.
A few months have passed and Judy has been improving her quality of life by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking her medication, and preventing respiratory infections by getting vaccines. To prevent further heart damage she has also stopped smoking, maintained a healthy weight, stopped drinking alcohol, and has controlled her diabetes.