Diagnosed with congestive heart failure at 33
Mary Frazier was only 33 years old when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a disease that affects 5 million Americans. Fortunately, Frazier received the care she needed from Dr. Ali Valika, an Advocate Heart Institute cardiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., and is now recovering and enjoying life as the mom of a young son.
About the Author
Lisa Parro, health enews contributor, is manager of content strategy for Advocate Aurora Health. A former journalist, Lisa has been in health care public relations since 2008 and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She and her family live in Chicago’s western suburbs.