Hi, my name is Nazart Cadougan. The long and short of my heart and stroke story 'it devastated my whole life six years ago'. My father passed away a few weeks ago, after being in a nursing home for six years. Covid-19 was the catalyst that took his life, but stroke was what killed him. What personally scares me most is ending up like my father - alone in a nursing home, unable to do anything for myself.
See, I have severe sleep apnea. My last test said that I stop breathing 72 times per hour when i'm sleeping. I don't think it can get more severe than that. Two years ago when I did the test, my results were 29 times per hour. My dad might have had that too. Who knows? Obstructive sleep apnea increases the chance of me getting a heart attack, heart failure, and a stroke. I now sleep with a CPAP machine that brings the amount of times I stop breathing per hour well below five - sometimes it's as low as one. Even those five times when I stop breathing, the machine forces air down my throat, so that I could resume breathing. I'm doing what I can to stay alive, and functioning, for my loved ones.
When it comes to heart disease and stroke, our genes should not be our destiny. That’s why I’m fundraising for the 2020 Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on June 7. Your donation will help fund life-saving research breakthroughs and will give us more moments with those we love.
It was always apparent that family history played a role in our risk factors for heart disease and stroke. But despite significant advances, we only know 20-30% of the genes involved.
With the right funding, doctors predict they could unlock the genetic puzzle behind cardiovascular disease within as little as five years. Let's get this done, so that we can increase the standard of life for Stroke survivors. I might need it, a family member of yours might need it. You may need it.
Help me fund this important research and meet my fundraising goal.