Deborah “Debbie” Rinier, 69, of Macungie, knew she had a heart murmur her entire life. Up until March 2021, it had never caused any major health issues. But during her yearly exam, her physician noticed that her murmur had significantly worsened. By the time she went to her follow-up appointment in August 2021, she had started to feel the effects of her murmur.
“I had no energy because my heart wasn't pumping correctly. I could barely walk, and it got to the point where I couldn’t do any housework, cook or clean. It was physically exhausting and getting worse,” she says.
She had tests done and could barely walk for one minute. Debbie was diagnosed with left ventricular outflow tract obstruction due to a medical condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). She would need a surgery called septal myectomy but had reservations due to her religious beliefs.