Victoria Ventura, wife and mother of four, shares her diagnosis and treatment journey with a serious and often underdiagnosed condition of coronary microvascular dysfunction or CMD. CMD is a type of non-obstructive coronary artery disease that causes decreased blood flow to the heart muscle. She talks about the importance of advocating for yourself as a patient and why people should explore participation in a clinical trial.
Wife and mother of four, Victoria Ventura, struggled with debilitating chest pain for 11 years before receiving a proper diagnosis. Her quality of life continued to decline and eventually left her bedridden. After several misdiagnoses and encounters with physicians who questioned the legitimacy of her concerns, Victoria decided to take matters into her own hands and began her own research, which led her to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Thanks to her determination, Victoria finally received answers and was diagnosed with coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), a serious and often underdiagnosed heart condition. After her diagnosis, Victoria enrolled in a clinical trial, which ended up changing her life. Within a month after treatment, Victoria has been able to walk a mile and enjoy spending time with her family again.