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Formerly called The Heart Chamber Podcast, Open Heart Surgery with Boots airs every Tuesday for conversations on open-heart surgery from the patient perspective. Boots Knighton explores the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of surgery with fellow heart patients and health care providers. This podcast aims to help patients feel less overwhelmed so you can get on with living your best life after surgery. You not only deserve to survive open-heart surgery, you deserve to THRIVE!

Open Heart Surgery with Boots Boots Knighton

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Formerly called The Heart Chamber Podcast, Open Heart Surgery with Boots airs every Tuesday for conversations on open-heart surgery from the patient perspective. Boots Knighton explores the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of surgery with fellow heart patients and health care providers. This podcast aims to help patients feel less overwhelmed so you can get on with living your best life after surgery. You not only deserve to survive open-heart surgery, you deserve to THRIVE!

    From Heart Failure to Heart Hero: A Journey from LVAD to Transplant Success

    From Heart Failure to Heart Hero: A Journey from LVAD to Transplant Success

    Hey heart buddies, this episode is truly extraordinary. Try to imagine plugging your heart in at night to keep it beating. Yeah, I can't imagine it either. I say this often when I have the honor of interviewing heart transplant recipients and this time is no different.
    Allow me to introduce you to Christian Jousset. Christian, after facing a daunting heart failure diagnosis in 2015, navigated a world of medical treatments, surgical procedures, and life-saving devices (say hello to the heartmate 3/LVAD that kept Christian alive!). He is now thriving post heart transplant!!! Christian's story is a testament to unwavering resilience and personal growth. Christian candidly discusses his mindset shift, the importance of support groups, and his exciting new goals, including writing a book and coaching others. This episode guarantees to captivate your senses and provide valuable lessons in overcoming adversity. Christian highlights the profound strength and boundless potential within us all. Thank you, Christian, for your willingness to share your story with the world.
    ***Support the show!*** Your financial support means so much to me and fellow heart patients. Thank you for considering donating today.
    The following gene likely contributed to Christian's need for a new heart: TTN titin [Homo sapiens (human)] - Gene - NCBI (nih.gov)
    About Christian Jousset: An effective bilingual communicator, I take pleasure in seeing everyone succeed. I strongly believe in everyone's potential and strive to help them discover their strengths and abilities. I have over 30 years of international experience with an organic approach and connection to my diverse participants or clients. I have held various positions in continuing education in higher education, in management in the catering industry, as well as in HR and customer services in the medical and sports industries, focusing on group management and consulting for the realization of international projects. What I observed and retained was the potential of the people I met, as well as the need for constant motivation and positive, constructive leadership.
    Professional experience: Nike (European headquarters Netherlands), Angiodynamics (New York and European headquarters Amsterdam), Concentrix (Customer Service Amsterdam), Rouen Business School (NEOMA), CESI/EXIA (Rouen region), Taste Catering New York, Potel et Chabot Catering New York, Peet's Coffee and Tea (San Francisco), the French American International School (San Francisco)
    **I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Be sure to check in with your care team about all the next right steps for you and your heart.**
    How to connect with Boots
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @openheartsurgerywithboots or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    Boots Knighton
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    Open Heart Surgery with Boots

    • 53 min
    Mind and Spirit Preparation: Enhancing Heart Surgery Recovery

    Mind and Spirit Preparation: Enhancing Heart Surgery Recovery

    Host, Boots Knighton, discusses mental and spiritual preparation for heart surgery, highlighting its crucial role in recovery. Knighton stresses the importance of educating oneself about the procedure, setting realistic expectations, and practicing stress management techniques such as deep breathing and meditation. She also emphasizes positive thinking, seeking professional support, and connecting with one's spirituality. Emotional and social preparedness, including clear communication with loved ones and building a support system, are also vital. Finally, Knighton advises planning for comfort by bringing personal items to the hospital. This episode is a comprehensive guide for those facing any surgery, enhancing both mental and spiritual readiness.
    **Boots Knighton is not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Be sure to check in with your care team about all the next right steps for you and your heart.**
    How to connect with BootsEmail: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @openheartsurgerywithboots or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    Boots Knighton
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    Open Heart Surgery with Boots

    • 20 min
    Preparing for Open-Heart Surgery: A Patient’s Guide for Success

    Preparing for Open-Heart Surgery: A Patient’s Guide for Success

    Are you or a loved one facing the daunting reality of open-heart surgery and need help preparing? Boots Knighton dives into an essential pre-surgery checklist to help you prepare not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. This episode offers twelve actionable steps, from consulting your array of doctors to managing nutrition and chronic conditions. Discover how hope, diet, and even a good physical therapist can set the stage for a successful recovery. Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry; Boots is here to be your heart buddy, guiding you through every step of this life-changing journey. Tune in for helpful advice that could make all the difference. And don't forget to subscribe!
    **I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Be sure to check in with your care team about all the next right steps for you and your heart.**
    Dietitian episode with Michelle Routhenstein
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    How to connect with BootsEmail: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @openheartsurgerywithboots or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    Boots Knighton
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    Open Heart Surgery with Boots

    • 21 min
    Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Heart Surgery Medical Team

    Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Heart Surgery Medical Team

    Boots presents a comprehensive list of professionals you should consider hiring in episode 55. This is a must-listen for anyone prepping for open-heart surgery. She reveals the secrets to building an all-star team that sets you up for a smooth journey and triumphant recovery. Ever thought about the importance of a heart surgery doula, an ultra-involved mental health therapist, or how your dentist could impact your heart health? Boots breaks it all down, sharing wisdom on why these roles are game-changers. Plus, get a sneak peek into some game-changing lifestyle considerations like naturopathy and dietitian guidance that can speed up your healing. If you're serious about living your best life post-surgery, this episode is packed with insights you won't want to miss. Tune in and start assembling your winning team today!
    Get the health care team list HERE!
    Listen to Boots and Michelle's interview in fueling heart health here.
    Listen to Boots's story here.
    Support the show! and have you subscribed? and please leave a review. Your support helps me reach more heart patients. :) Thank you!
    How to connect with BootsEmail: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @openheartsurgerywithboots or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    Boots Knighton
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    Open Heart Surgery with Boots

    • 28 min
    Heart Surgery Recovery Redefined: Embrace Gratitude, Energy, and Awareness

    Heart Surgery Recovery Redefined: Embrace Gratitude, Energy, and Awareness

    Finally, I found someone who can help me put into words what I wish my surgeon and cardiologists had told me about truly healing from open-heart surgery. Heart Surgery Recovery Redefined is the episode I needed prior to surgery. In this episode, Tanja and I discuss her Five Innate Systems approach, the connection between heart energy and health, understanding the natural flow and rhythm of heart energy, AND the effects of overflow and stagnation on emotions and physical health.
    If you find this helpful, please email Boots at Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com. I love hearing from listeners! xo
    About Tanja Diamond
    Tanja Diamond is a polymath, Tantra Lineage Holder, Business and Life Strategist. Her 45 years of unique worldwide education, extensive knowledge in thousands of subjects, and certifications in hundreds of modalities, make her the go-to for everyone who needs solutions and results quickly. Tanja is a five-time #1 International best-selling author, 2x International TEDx speaker and the creator of Modern Tantra – The Seven Tantras of Integrated Intelligence. Her coach certification programs are the most rigorous in the world.
    https://evolutioncoaches.com/about-tanja/
    https://recoverurlife.com/
    Attaining Personal Freedom - Initmate Journeys of Courage
    https://www.amazon.com/Attaining-Personal-Freedom-Intimate-Journeys/dp/0692077626
    Get in touch with Boots
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to: http://www.openheartsurgerywithboots.com

    • 45 min
    Mitral Valve Replacement and Overcoming ALCAPA: the quest to never waste a second

    Mitral Valve Replacement and Overcoming ALCAPA: the quest to never waste a second

    New name, same podcast!
    At seven weeks old, Emily Falcon had a heart attack and was diagnosed with anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). This led to two open-heart surgeries, one at age six and another at age thirty-five. She loves travel and animals, both of which have helped her get through difficult times. While living a constrained life, Emily has sought out adventures whenever she can, such as trekking up volcanoes to observe mountain gorillas in Uganda, volunteering with cheetahs and baboons in Namibia, playing with wolves at the Arctic Circle, and eating with orangutans in Singapore. She is now an athlete who participates in a weekly run club and runs in 5K races throughout the year. She hopes to inspire others who have health limitations to never waste a moment and not let life pass them by. Emily Falcon lives in Massachusetts. She can be emailed at dont.waste.a.second.press@gmail.com.
    https://player.captivate.fm/episode/fc7195c7-5d95-4c08-a005-839b19ac1cbe

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Tetonfox ,

Wisdom for all

While the journey that Boots has been through is quite extraordinary and hopefully one most of us won’t have, the wisdom she has gleaned from navigating her treatment and care options is helpful for all of us. Boots brings the right mix of curiosity, questioning, humor, and levity to health issues that will impact us all. I am grateful she has shared her discoveries and lived experience so that other heart patients, caregivers, and humans who want to thrive may all benefit.

Complete Sleep Solution ,

Inspiring

What an amazing podcast! I can tell that Boots has poured her heart and soul into this show and that she truly cares about helping others who are going through what she has been through. Thanks for being vulnerable and telling your story to inspire others!

Bitsyboorud ,

Heart-felt dialogue!!

Yes, I could not resist the word play! The host is so warm and genuine and kind, and the conversations are intelligent and dynamic. Boots is dispensing wisdom for all of us, whether you’ve had open heart surgery or not, step into her Podcast space and leave feeling more centered and grateful that she’s in the world. 🙏🏻❤️

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